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England and Scottland to defy FIFA for poppies ban

England and Scotland are planning to defy a FIFA ban on players wearing poppies during their World Cup Qualifier.

FIFA rules forbid players from wearing anything that can be perceived as a political statement, if worn England and Scotland could be punished if they do not comply.

A motion has been lodged at the Scottish Parliament calling for the ban to be removed.

Stewart Regan, Scottish FA Chief Executive says “Clearly our position is that we don’t think we have broken law four, we’re prepared to defend that. We don’t think the poppy is a political or a religious symbol, we all know it’s a symbol of remembrance, it’s a symbol of peace, and it’s in recognition of those who have lost their lives during the wars and that’s the point that we’re trying to make and we believe that this is doing what is right.”

In 2011 FIFA eventually backed down after threatening to ban the English team from wearing poppies in a friendly against Spain allowing them to display the symbol on black armbands.

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Jade Webster

Jade Webster

Jade Webster has rejoined the Cayman 27 Team as Sports Reporter/ Producer in August 2016. Jade has a background in News and has developed a passion for Sports while covering international Games. Jade was one of 35 Young Reporters selected worldwide to be apart of the Young Reporters Programme by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the Second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. She was awarded the 'Best IOC Young Reporter', and went on to cover the Second Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lilehammer, Norway. Jade was also selected as a Young Reporter in 2015 to cover the Toronto Pan American Games, where she was awarded a Hockey Stick for her hard-work and dedication. Jade was the Press Officer for the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. She graduated with honors in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Florida

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