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Football Poppy row

Football Poppy row

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UKIP MEP BACKS FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION IN POPPY ROW

UKIP leadership contender Paul Nuttall is backing the Football Association’s stance against disciplinary proceedings brought by FIFA.

The proceedings follow the decision by the England and Scotland teams to wear poppies in their World Cup qualifier on Armistice Day.

A row broke out before the game with the International Football Association Board (IFAB) stating that players cannot wear “political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images”.

The teams ignored the stricture and English Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn said they would wear black armbands carrying the poppy ‘as a point of principle’.

“I think that goes to the heart of it; it is a point of principle and well done to the players for standing up for it,” said Mr Nuttall, North West MEP and former youth footballer. 

“The English and Scottish Football Associations have said they will contest any sanctions imposed and they have my wholehearted backing.

“I feel really angry about FIFA’s interference in this matter. Wearing a poppy to mark Armistice Day is a proud tradition in this country and FIFA, which is not morally in a position to criticise anyone, should back off and concentrate on issues properly within their remit and not matters of personal conscience,” said Mr Nuttall.

“If, as seems likely, a fine is imposed I hope that the FAs will challenge it,” he added.

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