Monday 5 December 2016

FIFA open disciplinary proceedings against the Irish Football Association over display of poppy symbols

Published 23/11/2016 | 10:57

File photo dated 12-11-2016 of Remembrance Day tributes in the stands PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 23, 2016. FIFA's disciplinary committee has announced the opening of proceedings against the Irish Football Association and the Football Association of Wales in relation to incidents involving the display of poppy symbols during recent internationals. See PA story SOCCER Poppy. Photo credit should read Nick Potts/PA Wire.
File photo dated 12-11-2016 of Remembrance Day tributes in the stands PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 23, 2016. FIFA's disciplinary committee has announced the opening of proceedings against the Irish Football Association and the Football Association of Wales in relation to incidents involving the display of poppy symbols during recent internationals. See PA story SOCCER Poppy. Photo credit should read Nick Potts/PA Wire.

FIFA's disciplinary committee has announced the opening of proceedings against the Irish Football Association and the Football Association of Wales in relation to incidents involving the display of poppy symbols during recent internationals.

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The governing body announced the move despite the Irish Football Association and the Football Association of Wales agreeing their players would not wear poppies to mark Armistice Day during their matches against Azerbaijan and Serbia respectively.

England and Scotland defied FIFA regulations by wearing armbands featuring a poppy when they met at Wembley and are already the subject of disciplinary proceedings.

Northern Ireland and Wales instead wore plain black armbands, but it seems they have still fallen foul of FIFA rule 4.4 concerning political, religious or commercial messages.

A FIFA spokesperson said: "The Disciplinary Committee decided to open proceedings against the Irish Football Association and the Football Association of Wales in relation to several incidents involving the display of poppy symbols reported after the matches Northern Ireland-Azerbaijan and Wales-Serbia respectively."

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