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England Scotland and Wales players to wear poppie

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Fifa have announced that England, Scotland and Wales players will be able to wear poppies for this weekend's matches at Wembley.

Fifa originally banned players from wearing their poppies because of its policy of banning political, religious or commercial messages on official uniform or equipment.

The poppies were also banned because of worries that if any of the teams faced Germany around Remembrance Day in the future it may cause tension between the sportsmen.

Appeals came from a number of people including sportsmen, Britain’s Sports Minister Hugh Robertson and David Cameron calling the ban outrageous.

Fifa released a final statement saying: "We regret to inform you that accepting such initiatives would open the door to similar initiatives from all over the world, jeopardising the neutrality of football. Therefore, we confirm herewith that the suggested embroidery on the match shirt cannot be authorised.”

With Fifa still not backing down a compromise was agreed and it was announced the England team planned to wear black armbands with poppies stitched on their tracksuits for the national anthem and would also place a wreath in the middle of the pitch.

However the dispute took a major U-turn yesterday with Fifa finally agreeing to the players wearing poppies but only if it was printed on their black armbands.

A letter written by The Duke of Cambridge and David Cameron to Fifa was the ultimate decider, taking only an hour from the letter being received the ban was lifted.

The Duke as a member of the armed forces,  expressed his feelings towards the ban along with Cameron calling it an appalling decision to ban poppies which are worn out of respect for our service men and women past and present.

The British Legion thanked the FA for getting around the ban saying: “This is not a dispute between Fifa and the Royal British Legion; it’s an issue between Fifa and the British public, which is how it should be.

“The Legion never insists that the poppy be worn or insists that others allow it to be worn.                  

“We are grateful when people wear it as a sign of respect. However, the decision must be a free one after all; the poppy represents sacrifices made in the cause of our freedoms.”

The Poppy is the official symbol of Remembrance in many countries as they were the first plants that rose from the battlefields after the First World War.

Ian Donaldson, Managing Director of Autonet Insurance commented: “The lifting of the ban is great news for everyone concerned, the poppy is an important part of Remembrance Day and it is a way for people to show their respect for our service men and women. “

A minutes silence will take place before the game on Saturday as a mark of respect.

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By Amanda Bainbridge