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.