By Adebayo Williams
FIFA has confirmed that England and Scotland will be punished for wearing black armbands bearing poppies despite warnings against the act. The teams had poppies on their jerseys in their World Cup qualifier match at Wembley last Friday. The poppies had signified a tribute to Britain’s fallen soldiers in war as the match took place on Armistice Day.
The most severe punishment both teams could face is a points deduction or a fine.
The Football Association of Wales (FAW) issued a statement ahead of their match against Serbia on Saturday saying FIFA “turned down a request for the Wales national team to wear poppies on their shirts or on armbands”.
As a result, Wales wore plain black armbands, with Northern Ireland making a similar tribute in their World Cup qualifier versus Azerbaijan.