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GreenStreetPlayer 3:26 Tue Nov 1
Fuck off to you FIFA, the Poppy is Bigger Than You
FIFA are blocking England and Scotland players from wearing poppies on their shirts for the World Cup qualifier next week.

Fury erupted over the ruling by football’s governing body that the symbol is a political statement and can’t be used for the Armistice Day game.

FA chiefs were slammed after failing to stand up to Fifa’s heartless football poppy ban.

England and Scotland stars have been barred from wearing the symbol on their shirts in next week’s World Cup qualifier after the sport’s governing body ruled it political.

At the last England international to fall close to Remembrance Sunday, a friendly against Spain in 2011, the poppy was ­relegated off players’ shirts and worn on black armbands instead. Even that was a compromise after Fifa attempted a total ban.

The scandal-hit organisation, who climbed down only after an approach by Prince William, have let it be known that their position remains unchanged — but have not released an official statement.

Veterans trained their guns on the FA as the body looked poised to cave in to Fifa’s poppy demands, which relate to its ban on commercial, political or religious symbols on players’ shirts.

Since Fifa organises the World Cup, they set the terms for games. And the bosses of English football were last night said to be unwilling to take the fight to them.

If England flout the ban, the FA would likely face a fine but other sanctions could also be in store.

But the FA were last night urged not to grovel to Fifa’s rules.

Falklands veteran Simon Weston told the body to swallow any potential fine rather than sacrifice the commemoration of ­British troops for a second time.

He said: “The FAs of both ­Scotland and England should stand up and be counted.

“Both those countries took part in both World Wars and should take the lead. They should pay any fine Fifa has to give them. This is not a political gesture.

“Who are Fifa? A bunch of people who make a hell of a lot of money and turn round and treat people like cattle. How dare they?”

The Three Lions’ clash with Scotland had been seen as a rare chance to unite in tribute to the war dead at a home international.

The FA is in talks with Fifa over how they can add their own tributes to the day, which will see commemorations across Britain.

They hope to have a rendition of the Last Post ring through the terraces and a two-minute silence.

Before the match England players will visit a war memorial and poppy sellers will be in the stands.

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the_bigot 6:12 Thu Dec 22
Re: Fuck off to you FIFA, the Poppy is Bigger Than You
I've sent my poppy to FIFA in Zurich

zico 11:33 Wed Dec 21
Re: Fuck off to you FIFA, the Poppy is Bigger Than You
There is a way both the FA and FIFA could come out of this without losing face. FIFA seen to be upholding their rules fine the home nations (as they have), the home nations pay the fines and then FIFA donates the fines straight to the poppy appeal.

On The Ball 9:48 Wed Dec 21
Re: Fuck off to you FIFA, the Poppy is Bigger Than You
Russ - you're quite right, it was £20k. I actually didn't think they'd been fined at all, so that's something.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/28498909

Russ of the BML 9:45 Wed Dec 21
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On The Ball 8:22 Wed Dec 21

Yes. And I am sure that Argentina's banner; which by the way was a direct statement to incite war, got less of a fine.

On The Ball 8:22 Wed Dec 21
Re: Fuck off to you FIFA, the Poppy is Bigger Than You
As in the PL, it's only become a thing in recent years - but yes they have. Not sure what's different this year.

Still waiting for Argentina's fine for their Falklands banner.

zico 1:58 Wed Dec 21
Re: Fuck off to you FIFA, the Poppy is Bigger Than You
What confuses me about this is that England have played many a game over the years in November so was this actually the first time they remembered Remembrance Day in an International match?!

Robson 1:09 Wed Dec 21
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Yes brilliant but more or less my idea from further down the thread I think you'll find... hmm hmm.

ted fenton 10:18 Tue Dec 20
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Side of Ham 6:04 Mon Dec 19
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Pay the fine to the Poppy Appeal and let the cunts try and reclaim it.


BRILLIANT

yngwies Cat 8:57 Tue Dec 20
Re: Fuck off to you FIFA, the Poppy is Bigger Than You
Too be fair to to the cunts, whilst not agreeing with the charge, it's been a turbliant year for the old farts in Zurich, they could do with the money.

Texas Iron 8:46 Tue Dec 20
Re: Fuck off to you FIFA, the Poppy is Bigger Than You
Don't pay it

Or...send it as a Huge Lorry load of pennies and dump them outside the FIFA Presidents house

jack flash 7:35 Mon Dec 19
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When someone important from FIFA dies we should refuse to have the plaers wear black armbands as a mark of disrespect

mallard 7:14 Mon Dec 19
Re: Fuck off to you FIFA, the Poppy is Bigger Than You
Whilst I'm against sending troops over and bombing the shit out of the Middle East, for me, the poppy is all about a mark of respect for all them poor sods that were forced to fight in The Two World Wars and never returned.


Fuck you FIFA

violator 7:04 Mon Dec 19
Re: Fuck off to you FIFA, the Poppy is Bigger Than You
Ireland got done 30 grand less for their easter uprising shirts

Son of Anarchy 6:55 Mon Dec 19
Re: Fuck off to you FIFA, the Poppy is Bigger Than You
Dont pay the fine tk Fifa, have Gareth Southgate stroll up to a collector next November outside a Tescos and out a check in his tin.

HairyHammer 6:51 Mon Dec 19
Re: Fuck off to you FIFA, the Poppy is Bigger Than You
FIFA is being an arse over this.

park chan wook 6:50 Mon Dec 19
Re: Fuck off to you FIFA, the Poppy is Bigger Than You
Don't pay the fine. What an incredible shower of Shit they are. Fuck off Fifa on the shirts for the next game.
Just pull out of the competition

Far Cough 6:46 Mon Dec 19
Re: Fuck off to you FIFA, the Poppy is Bigger Than You
Send the fine with Rosie in a brown envelope

Northern Sold 6:45 Mon Dec 19
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Side of Ham 6:04 Mon Dec 19

I like that idea Sidey....

BRANDED 6:41 Mon Dec 19
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Why would most of the world join our international football organisation?

Mike Oxsaw 6:21 Mon Dec 19
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Hmmm.

Giving the money to an organisation supporting those that served selflessly or giving the money to a self-serving organisation.

I can see the FA have a difficult call to make here.

Side of Ham 6:04 Mon Dec 19
Re: Fuck off to you FIFA, the Poppy is Bigger Than You
Pay the fine to the Poppy Appeal and let the cunts try and reclaim it.

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