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Fifa is not allowing players to wear poppies on Armistice Day. Regulations from the Football Association does not allow the wearing of ‘accessories’.
According to Fifa, players may not wear an symbol bearing any political, religous or personal messages. The poppy however is a symbol of remembrance and a safe future; it allows us to show our respect for those who gave their lives for us.
Personally, I am appauled that players are unable to wear the poppy: especially on Armistice Day, the day WWI ended. It is simply a figure of respect and thanks so why is it not allowed?
Is the wearing of thd poppy any different from players wearing club badges? They are both symbols with a meaning, although, in my opinion, one is much more important than the other.
The Royal British Legion has also responded to the mediocrity of the rule. General director, Charles Byrne responded to the bar on poppies:
“The red poppy is a symbol of remembrance and hope for a peaceful future. It has no political, religious or commercial meaning.
“Since 1921 the Legion has protected the red poppy from political or partisan misuse and ensured it remains a symbol that can be worn with pride by those of all ages, backgrounds, and political and religious beliefs.
“The red poppy is worn so that we never forget the commitment and sacrifices of the serving, never forget those who need help to live on through the consequences of war, and always remember our troubled world needs reconciliation and peace.
“The poppy represents sacrifices made in the defence of freedom, and so the decision to wear it must be a matter of personal choice. We would never insist upon it, as to do so would be contrary to the spirit of remembrance and all that the poppy stands for.”
The poppy, a symbol of remembrance and a safe future was first adopted in 1921. It has been used since.
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