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2 nabbed for FIFA roof protest

2011-11-10 12:37

Zurich - FIFA has filed a trespassing complaint against two English protesters who climbed on the roof of its headquarters in the poppy emblem dispute.

Zurich police spokesperson Marco Bisa says prosecutors will decide on Thursday whether to charge the men, who are 42 and 28.

The men objected to FIFA refusing to allow England players to wear a poppy emblem on their shirts against Spain on Saturday.

Bisa says that they were arrested after descending from FIFA's roof late on Wednesday. They claimed to be from a right-wing nationalist group.

Poppies mark Remembrance Day, which honors British Commonwealth forces who died on duty.

FIFA has compromised, saying England's black armbands can carry a poppy symbol.

AP