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Published: Sun, November 06, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Royal British Legion urges Federation Internationale de Football Association to lift poppy ban


However, a war of words over the wearing of the poppy continues to rage.

The Royal British Legion's Backbarrow with Crake Valley Branch Vice President, Ron Mein, said, "The poppy bus called at the Motor Museum to show the Royal British Legion's appreciation for the magnificent contribution in raising £5,543 for the poppy appeal".

The Royal British Legion has urged Federation Internationale de Football Association "in the strongest terms" to let United Kingdom footballers wear poppies next weekend.

Federation Internationale de Football Association has insisted that the laws of the game, which prohibit political messages from players' kit, mean poppies can not be worn at the November 11 fixture. In 2014, he tweeted that the symbol had been "co-opted by politicians to justify our present wars on terror that are eroding democracy".

The move heaped further shame on football - as now rugby union, rugby league and cricket have all seen sense while Fifa maintains its heartless ban. He said he would "wear it every day of the year" if it only represented victims of WWI and WWII, but "because of the history where I come from in Derry, I can not wear something that represents that [British conflicts]". But, arguably, so too is standing for a national anthem.

Some people eschew wearing poppies because of "poppy policing" or "poppy fascism" - in which people are lambasted for not wearing the flower. Are these not political, too? Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November in most countries to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918.

The bold statistics make a mockery of Fifa's claim the home nations asked to be treated differently.

The poppy is properly worn on the left side, over the heart. However, although the Royal British Legion insists that "it is not a political symbol", the poppy has never been entirely free from political controversy.

Canadians have worn them since the early 1930s to remind us of the horrors of war and to remember those who gave their lives for us.

Members of the Royal British Legion (RBL) will be guests of honour at the KCOM Stadium.

The poppy controversy has spilled over into football in recent years. "For people from the north of Ireland such as myself, and specifically those in Derry, scene of the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre, the poppy has come to mean something very different", said McClean.

Warminster's soldiers will parade through its streets on Remembrance Sunday, and the poppy cascade will be open to the public until Christmas.

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