Who would have a problem with Remembrance Day, a day we pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice? How about the bobble-heads running FIFA, the world governing body of soccer.
On November 11th, England and Scotland took part in a World Cup qualifying game at Wembley Stadium and since it was Remembrance Day, all players wore black armbands bearing a red poppy, images of poppies were displayed on the Jumbotron and a minute of silence was observed.
The head honchos at FIFA were outraged! FIFA never gave England and Scotland “clearance” to display those little red flowers. And it’s doubtful they would have since FIFA bans “political statements” on soccer uniforms.
In the aftermath, FIFA is trying to determine what sort of “disciplinary action” will be taken against England and Scotland but one way or another, FIFA wants its pound of flesh.
Watch as I lay out the hypocrisy and double standards of FIFA’s “apolitical” claims and offer another motive which suggests the red poppy was ditched for green money.
FIFA claims to have a problem with players wearing poppies commemorating those who died to preserve the freedoms we enjoy in the western world.
Yet, FIFA accommodates a toxic Islamist doctrine rather than taking a principled stand against certain Muslim theocracies. After all, that might be seen as Islamophobic.
Their solution? Embrace tolerance and reasonable accommodation for those nations that are the most intolerant and unaccommodating.
And they call soccer the “beautiful game”?