Federation Internationale de Football Association poppy stance backed by sports minister Tracey Crouch

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FIFA is set to lift its ban on the poppy following talks with the football associations of the United Kingdom.

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association, which in English means the International Federation of Association Football is the international governing body of association football, futsal and beach soccer.

The issue looked likely to be pursued in the courts at one stage after Fifa sanctioned the UK's football associations for using the poppy late a year ago.

Theresa May has previously called FIFA's stance "utterly outrageous".

The document rules out "personal" or "religious... slogans, statements or images" but admits "political" is less clear, although it bans slogans and symbols related to political parties and governments.

The document, which discusses the Federation Internationale de Football Association rule known as law four, does not provide much clarity on what the "initiatives" might be, but says they can not breach law 12, which refers to foul play and abusive language.

It adds: "When commemorating a significant national or global event, the sensibilities of the opposing team (including its supporters) and the general public should be carefully considered".

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England and Scotland wore the emblem on black armbands during a World Cup qualifier at Wembley whilst Wales and Northern Ireland were fined for fans displaying it in their stadiums.

"It is recommended that disputes relating to slogans, statements or images are resolved prior to a match/competition taking place".

England players are expected to either wear poppy armbands or have the poppy embroidered on their shirts.

Anyway, FIFA have reportedly sent revised drafts of their kit protocol to all their member nations with a new law expected to be passed in time for the upcoming "Armistice" worldwide break that falls between 6th and 14th of November (during which England are due to play Germany in a friendly at Wembley).

— specific political acts or events.

England are set to play Germany in a friendly at Wembley during this time and it is understood the German FA has no objections over the use of the poppy.

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