Federation Internationale de Football Association set to ditch its poppy ban at matches

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In what must surely rank as one of its most nonsensical decisions, FIFA imposed fines on the four British associations a year ago saying the wearing of poppies contravened regulations that that players' equipment should not carry any "political, religious or commercial" slogans.

However, according to the Mirror, this year the ban has been lifted and teams can wear the poppy without facing the.

England and Scotland wore black armbands with a poppy during their Armistice Day clash in November, 2016.

A friendly against Germany is planned for November 11 at Wembley and the German FA has already said it is relaxed about any Poppy Day activities, including England's players wearing them on their kit.

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There was widespread incredulity when Federation Internationale de Football Association fined England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for their use of the poppy symbol 10 months ago.

Wales and Northern Ireland were fined for displaying it in their stadiums.

Prime Minister Theresa May hit out at what she called the "outrageous" Fifa ban, telling MPs in the House of Commons: "Our football players want to recognise and respect those who have given their lives for our safety and security".

It's understood the a formal announcement of the rule change is expected to be made in time for the England v Germany match on November 10.

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England captain Wayne Rooney wears a poppy on his sleeve.

Anyway, FIFA have reportedly sent revised drafts of their kit protocol to all their member nations with a new law expected to be passed in time for the upcoming "Armistice" global break that falls between 6th and 14th of November (during which England are due to play Germany in a friendly at Wembley).

England will play Germany in an global friendly in November, and the BBC said the German side are happy for England to wear the poppy during the match.

In 2016 it began disciplinary proceedings against the Football Association of Ireland over players in a friendly game with Switzerland wearing a logo to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising.

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As a result of this, the United Kingdom associations are no longer expected to pay the fines they were hit with past year.