FIFA Bans Home Nations from Wearing the Poppy – Remembering The Dead of War Should not be Punished
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh month 1918, World War I came to an end with the signing of the Armistice between the Allies and Germany.
Every year, the British people hold a two minute silence to commemorate not only those who died in this war, but in all wars. It is not supposed to be an endorsement or celebration of war but simply the remembering of those who died. Those who participate in this commemoration typically wear a poppy as a symbol of their doing so.
As such, during a football match between England and Scotland earlier this month, the players displayed the poppy on black arm-bands.
FIFA in its infinite wisdom however, has decided that the poppy is a political symbol and that therefore the players cannot display poppies during their matches.
The only problem with this though is that the poppy is not generally viewed as a political symbol but a symbol of remembrance for the dead. FIFA therefore, should have no say in this. As a matter of national mourning, this country and our sportsmen and women should be free to display the poppy if they choose.
Even more ridiculous, is that now the Welsh football team might face disciplinary action from FIFA even though they did not display the poppy. The mere fact that fans created a large poppy mosaic in the picture is apparently enough for the team to be sanctioned. This could be a fine or they could face a points deduction.
The new regime at FIFA, which is led by president Gianni Infantino and general secretary Fatma Samoura, views things very differently, however, and is determined to enforce the letter of the law when it comes to keeping what it sees as external distractions and potentially inflammatory messages out of the game.
This authoritarian silliness should end. We have until 9th December before the disciplinary panel discuss the Welsh case and by then we need to let FIFA know that we oppose this action and support our teams as soon and as loudly as possible!
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Remembering The Dead of War Should not be Punished