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Refused poppy permission

Refused poppy permission

Saw this on The Great Football Experiment site and thought I'd post here as well:

Well this one should put the pigeons amongst the cats... or is it the other way around?!

As reported in several places, these particular quotes are from Sky Sports, it seems that FIFA in their wisdom, won't let England play in the friendly v Spain wearing shirts with the poppy emblem on them.

EH?

Apparently those who ruin the.. sorry, bit of a slip there, RUN the game don't allow 'political statements'.

That is all well and good.

This isn't a political statement, this is a statement of respect, one that all should show, to our brave men and women who have laid down their lives for their country.

A spokesman for Fifa said: 'Fifa fully acknowledges the significance of the Poppy Appeal and the ways in which it helps commemorate Remembrance Day on November 11 each year. As a multinational organisation comprising over 50 different nationalities, the significance of this date will also be observed by many of its employees, who will remember family members too. Fifa's regulations regarding players' equipment are that they should not carry any political, religious or commercial messages. Fifa has 208 Member Associations and the same regulations are applied globally, and uniformly, in the event of similar requests by other nations to commemorate historical events.'

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So, is this a storm in a teacup of should England's FA now just refuse to play unless FIFA backs down? Lets face it, after the World Cup bids it is clear no one likes us anyway!

Sky quote George Batt, general secretary of the Normandy Veterans Association, condemned the decision, describing it as 'disgraceful'. The 86-year-old, who fought in the Second World War, said: 'I don't really understand it. I can't see any harm in wearing a poppy. You surely don't need rules and regulations in Fifa like this. It's so sad.' Full quotes: Sky Sports

These people mean more to me than football (and I'm a football obsessive) and I'll certainly not be watching the game unless FIFA back down. The FA should make a stand this time.


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So, what do we think guys - how wrong, or if you feel otherwise right, is this?

Surely wearing a poppy is not a 'political statement' so what is the harm in allowing us to wear one!

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Tuesday November 8 2011
Time: 10:57AM

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So if England ignor FIFA and ear the poppy shirts, what could FIFA do?? Just wear the shirts and say up yours FIFA.
khodgkins
08/11/2011 11:14:00
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Maybe wear armbands with poppies on them, there's no rule against that AFAIK.
Lemmi
08/11/2011 11:19:00
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Sorry, Lemmi - I think FIFA have banned armbands as well
uktony
08/11/2011 11:21:00
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No matter how strong my personal feeling are for wearing a poppy & remembering all those that have fallen for us in our name, sadly we can't rail road this through everybody & everything. Lots of 'our own' have no idea what the poppy represents & no clue on our own social history.
storagematt
08/11/2011 12:09:00
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Over to the players........I nice temporary tattoo (or permanent) worn on the thigh, cheek etc. wouldn't go amiss and might earn some a little bit of respect back!! But, when all is said and done.....sod FIFA, time to grow a pair FA
BarneyArmy
08/11/2011 12:14:00
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like i said above surely wearing a poppy is not a 'political statement' so what is the harm in allowing us to wear one?!
fifa say no, what it the worst thing they will do if england go ahead and do it...
pompeyrug
08/11/2011 12:58:00
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They'd probably ban us from the Euros Rug. If poppys on shirts and armbands are banned, a military band isn't and neither are giant poppies painted where the adverts would go on the fringes behind the goal lines. A little bit of ingenuity is all that's needed.
Lemmi
08/11/2011 13:31:00
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so let them ban us... who cares? we arent gonna win it anyway? we are a "big" nation... not as big as some might think, but nonetheless quite big; if the premier league can outmuscle the FA, then let the FA outmuscle FIFA. FIFA are a corrupt bunch of morons anyway - just pay them off. what with you ask? our tax money of course - we love throwing it away! (yes, i am in a terribly cynical pist (sic) off mood today!!)
pompey--pessimist
08/11/2011 14:35:00
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wear the poppies and stuff fifa. maybe if we offered the fifa officials some moiney it would be ok. How can they do this this is not a commercial thing. FIFA Fricken Idiots Fricken A***holes
robertpog
08/11/2011 21:13:00
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