The Football Association is in discussions with FIFA over allowing players to show support for the Royal British Legion's poppy appeal when England play Scotland.
Gareth Southgate's side host their neighbours at Wembley on Armistice Day in a World Cup qualifier.
A report in the [email protected]* claimed FIFA had banned the two teams from displaying poppies on their shirts during the game as political statements are not allowed.
In 2011, FIFA eventually backed down after threatening to ban the England team from wearing poppies in a friendly against Spain, allowing them to display the symbol on black armbands. An FA statement read: "We are working closely with the Royal British Legion once again this year to honour and remember the sacrifices made by those serving in the armed forces.
"In recent weeks, the FA has led remembrance discussions with FIFA to allow the England team to show its support for the poppy appeal during the World Cup qualifier with Scotland."
FIFA and the Scottish Football Association were unavailable for comment.
England's request to wear poppies to honour Armistice Day, which Scotland will do too, in the World Cup qualifier next week was turned down by Fifa but the FA has confirmed we'll do this anyway.
In defiance of Fifa Greg Clarke told ITV: We'll be wearing poppies at Wembley. I mean, we'd rather come to an agreement with FIFA so that they're happy with that, but you know, it's inconceivable that the FA won't be sanctioning the wearing of poppies at Wembley. We're balancing respect for the fallen and their families. We're negotiating in good faith with FIFA to try and find a solution.' This request was turned down as 'political, religious or personal statements' break Fifa 'regulations.' But NOT honouring those brave British soldiers that lost their lives in combat would be unthinkable wouldn't it, as Clarke said. If it wasn't for most, if not all, of those who laid down their lives where would we be let alone Fifa! The governing body should be absolutely ashamed for saying we couldn't do this in the first place, if doing this is two fingers up to them so be it we DO it. A poppy isn't being sown into the shirts as was planned with it now decided black armbands with a poppy on them to be warn by England and Scotland players.
Fifa general secretary Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura has warned England and Scotland they could face sanctions if their teams wear commemorative poppies in their November 11 game. The football associations of England and Scotland on Wednesday vowed to defy world governing body Fifa, which bans players from wearing political, commercial and religious symbols during matches. People in Britain wear poppies to remember the country's war dead and England's FA said it would be an "appropriate tribute" for the players to wear black armbands with red poppy emblems. But Samoura told the BBC: "We have to apply uniformly and across the 211 member associations the laws of the game. "Britain is not the only country that has been suffering from the result of war. The only question is why are we doing exceptions for just one country and not the rest of the world?"
England to defy Fifa over poppy ban England play Scotland in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley on November 11, which was the date the Armistice was signed to end World War I in 1918. Asked if the teams could be punished for defying the ban, Samoura said: "It is not really my ambition to punish anybody. "They just have to recognise themselves that they are part of the rules of the game and they should be ready to face any kind of sanctions or measures." Fifa could elect to dock points if England and Scotland do not respect the ban, but English FA chief executive Martin Glenn does not believe it will come to that. "We don't think we are breaking their law — we think they are misinterpreting it," he said. "I'm confident it won't come to anything draconian. "We are standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the other home nations on this. We all feel very strongly. It's not a political symbol and I think most people would agree with us."
British Prime Minister Theresa May has described Fifa's stance on the matter as "outrageous". A petition against the poppy ban has been signed by close to 300,000 people. Glenn and his Scottish counterpart Stewart Regan were due to meet Fifa officials during a scheduled meeting of the International FA Board, football's rule-making body, at Wembley on Thursday. The issue last arose in November 2011, when England's players were allowed to wear armbands with poppies on — rather than poppy emblems on their shirts — as a compromise. The Football Association of Wales has also written to Fifa to ask for permission for Wales's players to wear poppies during their World Cup qualifier against Serbia in Cardiff on November 12. It has emerged the Republic of Ireland's players wore jerseys commemorating the Easter Rising, a 1916 rebellion against British rule, during a friendly against Switzerland in March. Fifa has subsequently been accused of double standards. "That appears to be an absolutely classic example of leniency being shown to other countries," said British MP Damian Collins. A spokesperson for Fifa said the governing body was considering sanctions against Ireland. But Fifa sources said Ireland did not need to ask permission as it was a friendly game. There are different rules for World Cup matches and other official tournaments.
Northern Ireland will mark Armistice Day by wearing plain black armbands in the World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan in Belfast. The Irish FA requested permission from Fifa for Northern Ireland to wear a poppy on the shirt or armband. However, Fifa could not guarantee that there would not be disciplinary proceedings if a poppy was displayed.
England and Scotland will defy Fifa's ban on players wearing poppies in their meeting on Friday. Fifa has also opened disciplinary proceedings over the Republic of Ireland's use of a logo to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising. There will be a minute's silence before kick-off at Windsor Park on Friday while names of players connected with the association who died during the First World War will be shown on the big screen.
Commemorative events also include a card display featuring a poppy in the West Stand and a wreath will be laid in memory of the fallen. IFA chief executive Patrick Nelson said it wants clarification over the Fifa law relating to displaying poppies. "The Irish FA is committed to marking Armistice Day with appropriate acts of remembrance," said IFA chief executive Patrick Nelson. "We asked Fifa if permission could be granted for the Northern Ireland team to wear a poppy on the shirt or on an armband.
"Based on law 4.4 of the laws of the game 2016/17, Fifa advised that they could give no guarantee that there would not be disciplinary proceedings if the Northern Ireland team was to wear a symbol of remembrance on the playing shirt. "As a member of IFAB, we have placed clarification of law 4.4 on the agenda for the next annual general meeting of the International Football Association Board which will be held in London in March