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May slams 'outrageous' Fifa ruling on poppies

By David Hughes

Published 03/11/2016

Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during Prime Minister's Questions
Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during Prime Minister's Questions

Theresa May has condemned world football's ruling body over the "utterly outrageous" ban on international players wearing poppies.

England and Scotland meet at Wembley on November 11, Armistice Day, and there had been hopes that players would wear commemorative shirts. Northern Ireland meet Azerbaijan the same day and the Irish FA has also sought clarification on the matter of wearring poppies.

But according to Fifa, teams may not display political, religious or commercial symbols on their kit.

At Prime Minister's Questions, Mrs May tore into the scandal-hit footballing body.

She told MPs: "I think the stance that has been taken by Fifa is utterly outrageous.

"Our football players want to recognise and respect those who have given their lives for our safety and security. I think it is absolutely right that they should be able to do so."

She added: "Before they start telling us what to do, they jolly well ought to sort their own house out."

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