England and Scotland to defy FIFA poppy ban

first_img(REUTERS)-England and Scotland are planning to defy a FIFA ban on players wearing poppies during their World Cup qualifier on Nov. 11, their Football Associations said yesterday.FIFA rules forbid players from wearing anything that can be perceived as a political statement and England and Scotland could be punished if they do not comply.“The poppy is an important symbol of remembrance and we do not believe it represents a political, religious or commercial message, nor does it relate to any one historical event,” the English FA tweeted.“In keeping with the position agreed with FIFA back in 2011 and in what we believe is in accordance with Law 4, para 4, the FA intends to pay appropriate tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by having the England team wear black armbands bearing poppies in our fixture on Armistice Day.”The Scottish FA made a similar statement.“We intend to pay appropriate tribute by having the Scotland national team wear black armbands bearing poppies,” it said.FIFA earlier confirmed its position on the issue.“FIFA fully respects the significance of commemorating Remembrance Day on 11 November each year,” it said in a statement.“The Laws of the Game are overseen by the International Football Association Board and applicable to all 211 member associations. The relevant law clearly states that the players equipment should not carry any political, religious or commercial messages.”British Prime Minister Theresa May strongly criticised FIFA earlier yesterday.“I think the stance that’s been taken by FIFA is utterly outrageous,” May said in parliament.“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.”last_img read more

Olympics Qualifiers: Siasia unfazed by Ghana, Congo threats

first_imgNational U-23 Eagles coach Samson Siasia has declared that he is not scared of playing either Ghana or Congo in the final round of qualifiers for the 2015 African U-23 Championship billed to hold in Senegal in December.Complete Sports can report that the Championship which is in its second edition will be played between December 5 and 19.According to the Confederation of African Football, CAF, the Championship will also serve as qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.“Well, we are a team and we are always ready to play any team, all I can tell you is that we are monitoring events and also doing our best to prepare for the challenges ahead of the team”, begins the former Super Eagles handler.“Both Ghana and Congo are good teams and we are not going to underrate any of them that we have to face in the final round of the qualifiers.Siasia who led the Dream Team to beat Zambia 2-1 in Lusaka in their last qualifying game of the All Africa Games to qualify for the event billed to hold in Congo said he is well focused to ensure that Nigeria qualify for the Olympics. “We are going to do our best to make sure we qualify for the Olympics having secured the ticket to the All Africa Games.Meanwhile, Ghana will play Congo-Brazzaville for the right to face Nigeria’s Dream Team in the final qualifying round for this year’s African U-23 Championship.last_img read more