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Cameron: FIFA ban outrageous

2011-11-09 14:24

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron says it's "outrageous" that FIFA won't allow England players to wear embroidered red poppies on their football shirts to honor Britain's war dead.

Cameron says he hopes FIFA will reconsider its decision to ban the poppies for England's friendly against Spain on Saturday at Wembley Stadium.

FIFA rejected a request by the Football Association to allow players to wear the poppies to mark Remembrance Day - when Commonwealth countries pay tribute to members of the armed forces who have died on duty since World War I.

Cameron said on Wednesday that FIFA's decision "seems outrageous."

He adds: "The idea that wearing a poppy to remember those who have given their lives for our freedom is a political act is absurd."

AP

Comments
  • marschoeman - 2011-11-09 14:51

    Sepp Blatter and his circus needs to be dragged into the street and shot. FIFA think that they gods in own right...

  • Chris - 2011-11-09 14:51

    Come on Cameron, of course it is a political act. Next time South Africa will want Bafana to wear the "red poppies" in remembrance of Sharpville massacre.

  • phangolicious - 2011-11-09 15:28

    The English!!!

      Jim - 2011-11-09 16:03

      British my boy.

      Bernard - 2011-11-09 16:36

      Jim, you mean he is not the president of England? But seriously, this ban is ludicrous. It is not political. By banning it FIFA are now guilty of politicizing the issue.

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