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Northern Ireland players will not wear poppies in game against Azerbaijan

Plain black armbands will be worn by the team and minutes silence held

Published 08/11/2016

Former Northern Ireland star Tommy Wright has told Fifa to
Former Northern Ireland star Tommy Wright has told Fifa to "get a reality check" after blasting its policy on poppies

Northern Ireland players will wear a plain black armband during Friday night's World Cup qualifying match against Azerbaijan to mark Armistice Day.

The Irish FA said a minute’s silence will also be held immediately before kick off, names of players connected with the association who died during First World War will be shown on the big screen and there will be a card display featuring a poppy in the West Stand.

The Royal British Legion will also collect inside the ground for this year’s Poppy Appeal and a wreath will be laid in memory of the fallen.

Finally, there will be a special feature in the match-day programme on four international players who fought and died during the Great War.

Chief Executive of the Irish Football Association, Patrick Nelson, said: "The Irish FA is committed to marking Armistice Day with appropriate acts of remembrance.

"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."

Armistice meeting: There were no poppies on players’ shirts when Scotland and England met in November 1999
Armistice meeting: There were no poppies on players’ shirts when Scotland and England met in November 1999

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