Fifa ban prompts debate over wearing poppy

  Proclaimer 09 Nov 11
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The debate on whether wearing a poppy is a political gesture or not has been raised by a challenge by the FA and the UK government to a ban by Fifa on allowing the England football team to wear the symbol.

I never thought of the Poppy as Political or Religious before but now I am thinking it must be. To me it has been part of our heritage to wear a Poppy and I accepted that long before I fully recognised the sacrifice that went before it. I never like Politics or Religion in sport but is it really going to be offensive to wear a Poppy on a Football shirt or any other shirt for that reason?

  wiz-king 09 Nov 11

I could understand the not wearing 'loose' poppies on 'elf & safety grounds but if it is printed on a shirt I cant see the point of a ban. The British Legion sends poppies to 126 countries.

  johndrew 09 Nov 11

I would have thought that all nations had some remembrance for their dead; such actions are memorial with some religious content.

Perhaps if FIFA consider political affiliation unacceptable they would like to consider banning the singing/playing of national anthems and use of national flags. Yet again the incompetence and stupidity of an international sporting body is brought into the spotlight!!

  Covergirl 09 Nov 11

As several of my friends status have said on facebook, "if you think wearing a poppy is offensive, please unfriend me" or words to that effect.

  Aitchbee 09 Nov 11

I refrain from wearing a poppy, bought for charity...I prefer to proudly wear clothes bought from my local charity shop...the money goes to a good cause.I grow my own poppies in pots.

  Belatucadrus 09 Nov 11

"Would we be supportive if Argentina wanted to wear something to commemorate the Belgrano's crew? " Yes ! . They were service men who paid the ultimate price serving their country and the Argentines have every right to commemorate that. Fifa apparently claims the ban is partly because it could offend the Germans, the Germans say that not only are they not offended nobody from Fifa has raised the issue with them. Looks rather like Sepp Blatter getting his own back because the English dared to suggest he was corrupt in public rather than do the usual three monkeys trick.

The only argument to support the Fifa action is that it's irritated the English defence league, I find being on the same side of an argument as them profoundly depressing.

  Forum Editor 09 Nov 11

The England team will wear the poppies.

  wiz-king 09 Nov 11

Silly of topic question -- are the English team English? Most footballers seem to come from abroad these days.

  canarieslover 09 Nov 11

Hope they don't pin them on the way that the poppy seller pinned mine on when I donated Saturday. Just managed to avoid crying out in agony.

  morddwyd 09 Nov 11

Unfortunately it has now become a bit of a ritual for which you are reviled if you are not seen to be taking part.

Like many others here I have paraded before more war memorials than I care to remember (and for serving personnel there is a lot more preparation than just ensuring you are at the starting point at the right time) and on far too many occasions listened to the echoes of rifle shots across cemeteries but on the odd occasions when I have left my poppy at home I have been taken to task for "not wearing my poppy with pride".

I have never worn my poppy with pride, but only with humility because I m mstill here and they are not.

The "poppy police" are just another area where the political correctness brigade have taken over.

  Kevscar1 10 Nov 11

wiz-kng Yes they are english, thats why they haven't won anything for years.

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