World Football - FIFA reject FA's final poppy plea

Tue, 08 Nov 08:20:00 2011

FIFA have rejected the Football Association's renewed plea for England players to be allowed to have embroidered poppies on their shirts on Saturday.

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The FA had made a special request to FIFA for permission for the poppies to support Remembrance Day but the world body have now issued a "final statement" rejecting the plea.

A letter from FIFA to the FA sent on Tuesday said: "We regret to inform you that accepting such initiatives would open the door to similar initiatives from all over the world, jeopardising the neutrality of football. Therefore, we confirm herewith that the suggested embroidery on the match shirt cannot be authorised."

The statement continued: "There are a variety of options where The FA can continue supporting the cause of Remembrance. One of them already was approved by FIFA, the Period of Silence."

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