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The Football Association in England is in a difference of opinion from FIFA again. But this is not a lone ‘anglo’ stance as the Welsh and Scottish are understood to have a common dispute. The matter in question this time around is that the International governing body has forbidden the emblem of the poppy (around Remembrance Sunday) to feature on shirts apparently quoting compliance with some immoveable internal directive and regulation.

No doubt there are ‘rights’ and ‘wrongs’ in any debate on use of icons. I for one am akin to the concept of enforcing house styles and brand guidelines, but the use of this flower has a more prominent meaning.

“Each year the Nation expresses its unequivocal support for The Royal British Legion’s charity work through the Poppy Appeal, emphasising the need to help all generations of the Armed Forces and their families – today and for the rest of their lives.”

I for one do not ever want to forget the achievements of our armed forces now and in former years – so come on FIFA stop talking “poppycock”.

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