Fifa has fined England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for displaying poppies during World Cup qualifiers around Armistice Day.Though the football body’s disciplinary committee chairman, Claudio Sulser, said he “fully respected” the commemorations, he noted that the rules “need to be applied to all member associations”.
Sulser added that “the display, among others, of any political or religious symbol is strictly prohibited. In the stadium and on the pitch, there is only room for sport, nothing else”.
England and Scotland players had worn armbands featuring poppies when they met at Wembley on 11 November.
Wales and Northern Ireland also featured displays on the pitch or in the stands to mark the event in their respective games.
England’s Football Association would appeal against the fine of 45,000 Swiss francs (£35,311), with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland yet to decide.
Scotland and Wales were both fined 20,000 Sfr (£15,694) while Northern Ireland got a penalty of 15,000 Sfr (£11,770).