FIFA: Bribery ok. Cheating ok. Wearing Poppies wrong

One of the most corrupt organisations on the planet, FIFA, is taking disciplinary action against players for wearing poppies on Armistice Day.

Fifa has commenced disciplinary proceedings against England and Scotland for wearing armbands featuring poppies on Armistice Day.

The issue sparked a national debate when Fifa indicated that wearing the symbol would be in contravention of its rules relating to the display of political symbols. The English and Scottish FAs said they planned to wear the armbands regardless for the World Cup qualifier at Wembley last Friday, which England won 3-0.

“We think they’re interpreting the rules wrongly. This is a law-of-the-game issue, not a Fifa competition issue,” said the FA chief executive Martin Glenn last week in the wake of the game.

“So, I’m very confident that our legal position’s right, our moral position’s certainly right, and – you know what – there are bigger things in the game for Fifa to worry about,” Glenn said.

“We’ll contest it strongly because we believe – we’ve had QC opinion on this – our case is absolutely rock solid.”

Fifa had said it was waiting to see whether its match commissioner reported the matter to its disciplinary panel. On Thursday, a spokesman confirmed that a disciplinary procedure had been opened.

“We can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened on this matter,” said the spokesman. “Please understand we cannot comment further at this stage nor speculate on any outcome or provide an estimated timeline.”

Theoretically, Fifa could dock points from both teams but a fine is considered by far the more likely outcome if any sanction is applied. The FA had previously received permission to wear armbands with poppies on for a friendly against Spain in 2011, but the entire leadership of Fifa has changed since then in the wake of a wide-ranging corruption scandal. Wales opted against wearing the poppy symbol in their World Cup qualifier against Serbia on Saturday, saying that they could not take the risk of a sanction.

Fifa had also earlier opened proceedings against the Republic of Ireland for wearing shirts marking 100 years since the Easter Rising for a friendly against Switzerland in March.

So wearing poppies is out, but paying massive bribes, cheating and corruption are just fine with them.

Wogball is in a  real crisis when they feel the need to attack countries commemorating their war dead.

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