FIFA takes action against England and Scotland for wearing poppies

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England and Scotland are the subject of FIFA disciplinary proceedings after controversially wearing armbands with poppies on them during last Friday’s World Cup qualifier.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: A fan wears a poppy t-shirt in response to FIFA's directive prior to the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifying match between England and Scotland at Wembley Stadium on November 11, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Both nations were warned that doing so could break rules on making ‘political statements’.

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Despite that, both England and Scotland went ahead with showing their respects during the game, which fell on Armistice Day.

There are an array of possible sanctions that the nations could face – with a points deduction the most serious. However that seems unlikely with a fine is more probable.

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Rule 4 under ‘The Players’ Equipment’ states: ‘Equipment must not have any political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images.’

The British FAs indicated prior to the game that they would challenge any punishment – believing they have a strong case.

FIFA, world football’s governing body, have said they will not ‘speculate on any outcome or provide an estimated timeline’.

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