The decision by FIFA to ban England and Scotland from wearing poppies has resulted in angry war veterans, politicians and fans.
According to Express, FIFA says the poppy, the symbol of commemorating those who have died in battle, is “too political”.
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UKIP Leadership favourite Paul Nuttall has blasted the decision, calling it 'utter nonsense'.
“It is utter nonsense for FIFA to forbid them wearing poppies on their shirts because they sniffily consider it ‘a political statement'. It makes my blood absolutely boil that they should interfere in this way. How dare they?”
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“Wearing a poppy to mark Remembrance Sunday is a proud tradition in this country and with the terrible conflicts still raging in the world it has never been more important to show respect for those who gave their lives to keep us safe,” he added.
War Veteran Simon Weston thinks the FA – the governing body for English soccer – should go against the ruling and wear them anyway.
The Falklands vet told The Sun, “The FAs of both Scotland and England should stand up and be counted. Both those countries took part in both World Wars and should take the lead. They should pay any fine Fifa has to give them. This is not a political gesture.”
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“Who are Fifa? A bunch of people who make a hell of a lot of money and turn round and treat people like cattle. How dare they,” he added, echoing Paul Nuttall's statement.
Express also reports that the FA said it is “working closely” with the Royal British Legion this year on how to honour the armed forces. A FIFA spokesman confirmed the organisation was “in contact with the FA over the issue”. No statement has been issued on the ban.