England vs Scotland: Why did FIFA ban the poppy?

During the Premier League matches last weekend, I noticed that all the players of every club wore a poppy on their shirts. At first I had no idea what that was, so I did not pay it so much attention. But the poppy kept coming up everywhere I looked. I became curious, so I did a bit of digging. I found out that the poppy is used to remember the fallen in the two World Wars. That’s quite touching, I said. I never knew before now that the Sunday closest to November 11 is Remembrance Day, and it is observed in memory of the people that died during the World Wars.

Well, that is quite informative. I learnt a lot, and I think it is a worthy gesture. However, it seems like FIFA and I are on different wavelengths on this issue. England has an upcoming World Cup qualifying match against Scotland. These two countries have not been best of friends throughout history; there has been several times when they even went to war against each other. However, these two nations suffered through both world wars together. Hence, they decided that each player would wear an armband with a poppy on it. FIFA disagreed.

What’s their reason, you ask? Apparently, FIFA is trying to eliminate politics and its effects on football. Well, this directive of FIFA is nothing other than meddling in other people’s affairs. Of course England and Scotland have chosen to defy FIFA’s directive. I agree with them; FIFA tends to interfere in countries’ affairs too much. I really do not think this is an appropriate issue for FIFA to wade into. Everyone knows what the poppy stands for; its not like they are trying to start a revolution. So, why is FIFA afraid of the poppy?

The hypocrisy pf the situation is borderline hilarious, if you ask me. if FIFA cared so much about politics, they would have had a say in Russia. That’s where the next World Cup will happen, by the way. Well, you all know Russia and their penchant for unusual stuff. Would that not be a good place to meddle? Instead FIFA is trying to fight England for remembering their dead. I’m not impressed.

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