Tuesday 30 May 2017

FIFA charge FAI for wearing 1916 commemoration jersey

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Football Association of Ireland over an Easter Rising symbol on the team's shirts in a March friendly.

The Republic player's jerseys bore the symbol to mark the 100th anniversary of the uprising during a match against Switzerland on March 25.

The news that FIFA has opened proceedings against the FAI follows the Football Association and Scottish Football Association's decision to press ahead with plans to commemorate Armistice Day by allowing players to wear black armbands embroidered with a poppy during the World Cup qualifier on November 11.

FIFA has stated that the poppy symbol would breach its rules regarding political, religious or commercial messages being carried on players' equipment.

A statement from FIFA in relation to the Easter Rising symbol read: "We can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened on this matter. Please understand we cannot comment further at this stage nor speculate on any outcome."

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