IFAB to lift poppy ban after Federation Internationale de Football Association revises provisions over shirt use

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Scotland and England players wore black armbands with poppy symbols during their World Cup qualifier at Wembley on 17 November

Supporters reacted with fury a year ago when Fifa - football's worldwide governing body - fined the FA after England and Scotland players wore black armbands with a poppy for their World Cup qualifier at Wembley on November 11.

FIFA's stance - based on a strict interpretation of its laws against the use of personal, political or religious slogans or symbols - sparked widespread condemnation in Britain, with Prime Minister Theresa May calling it "utterly outrageous" in Parliament.

However, with the exact same batch of fixtures on the horizon, it would appear that football's governing body are preparing to lift their blanket ban by rewording their regulations, meaning that the poppy could be worn if both the opposing team and the official match/competition organisers (i.e. FIFA/UEFA, etc) are okay with it.

Scotland, as they were the visiting team, were fined £16,000.

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"It is completely right that footballers and fans alike should be able to wear poppies with pride, as a tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of our servicemen and women".

The players wore the poppy on a black armband during a World Cup qualifier match at Wembley last November.

The International Football Association Board, the guardian organisation of the sport's laws, is expected to approve the amendment in early October and it is now thought that the four UK FAs will no longer need to pay fines.

England are set to play Germany in a friendly at Wembley during this time and it is understood the German FA has no objections over the use of the poppy.

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Sports minister Tracey Crouch is pleased Federation Internationale de Football Association will "apply some common sense" on its ban of players wearing poppies.

The English and Scottish FAs appealed against fines totalling £51,000 for displaying the poppy when the sides faced each other.

But now, 10 months later, Federation Internationale de Football Association has sent new guidance that appears to allow symbols and slogans that could be interpreted as political, so long as they are not related to political parties or governments.

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