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FIFA has backed down in its row with British football authorities over the wearing of poppies by players in global matches as a tribute to those killed in war.

England and Scotland previous year wore poppies on their kits for a Wembley Stadium friendly on November 11 — Armistice Day — to commemorate British Commonwealth forces who have died on duty since World War I.

The decision prompted strong criticism from British associations, fans, and even the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, who deemed FIFA's stance "utterly outrageous".

FIFA is to lift its ban on players from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland wearing poppies during football matches.

Both England and Scotland wore the poppy on black armbands during their World Cup qualifier at Wembley in November 2016. "I think it is absolutely right that they should be able to do so".

The article stated that FIFA's new rule will permit the use of the poppy if opposing teams and competition organisers both agree in advance. According to the BBC, the German FA has no objections to the poppy being used.

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Anyway, FIFA have reportedly sent revised drafts of their kit protocol to all their member nations with a new law expected to be passed in time for the upcoming "Armistice" global break that falls between 6th and 14th of November (during which England are due to play Germany in a friendly at Wembley).

Tracey Crouch, the United Kingdom's sports minister, was glad to hear Federation Internationale de Football Association is set to relax the rules on home nations displaying poppies.

Scotland, as they were the visiting team, were fined £16,000.

A hastily-arranged conference call next month of IFAB members - the body governing changes to the Laws - is expected to ratify the change in time for a potential commemoration of those that lost their lives in the Great War, as is traditional for England games in November.

The International Football Association Board, the guardian organisation of the sport's laws, is expected to approve the amendment in early October and it is now thought that the four UK FAs will no longer need to pay fines.

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