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Football lawmakers IFAB to lift poppy ban

Past year sparked outrage amongst the British population after world football's governing body FIFA ruled that poppies were banned from being worn in football matches because they were too political.

Federation Internationale de Football Association will allow England players to wear poppies on their kit when Gareth Southgate's side plays its planned friendly match against Germany at Wembley in November.

At the time Prime Minister Theresa May told the BBC that Fifa's poppy stance was "utterly outrageous".

England and Scotland wore special armbands with the emblem on during their World Cup qualifier at Wembley last November, with Wales and Northern Ireland displaying poppies in their stadiums.

The fixture depends on both teams avoiding the World Cup play-offs, which will be achieved if England beat Slovenia on October 5, at the same time as Germany get at least a draw against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park. "I think it is absolutely right that they should be able to do so".

Once the new rules are agreed, players will be allowed to wear poppies on the pitch, but only on the conditions that the opposing team agrees and the competition organiser has no objection.

England captain Wayne Rooney wears a poppy on his sleeve.

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The poppy was worn by English and Scottish players in an global in 2016.

The document, which discusses the Federation Internationale de Football Association rule known as law four, does not provide much clarity on what the "initiatives" might be, but says they can not breach law 12, which refers to foul play and abusive language.

England and Scotland have previously displayed the poppy on a black armband, in a failed attempt to bypass regulations.

The report goes on to claim that the IFAB, football's lawmakers, are expected to rubber-stamp the change next month.

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were all fined by the governing body past year for using poppies to commemorate Armistice Day.

The Guardian reported that those fines are yet to be paid and will be wiped if the proposed change to the rule is approved by Fifa and the International Football Association Board, the independent guardian of the game.

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