Prince William and Prince Harry urged to end Fifa poppy ban
Prince William and Prince Harry are being urged to end Fifa’s poppy ban.
Veterans have pleaded with the royal brothers to step in and fight the controversial new rule that denies players the right to wear political, religious or commercial messages including the symbolic broach on their shirts.
Gary Waving, an ex-Lance Corporal, said: “There should be no compromise. Prince Harry is well placed to put our argument forward and if our royals aren’t going to fight for us, who is?
Former Guardsman Barry Martin said: “It would be great if Prince William could put himself forward. Fifa’s judgment is an absolute disgrace.”
While Geoff Edwards, 58, who was in the Royal Corps of Transport, told The Sun newspaper: “I fully support Prince William getting involved. Fifa wouldn’t even exist if people hadn’t given up their lives.”
The FA announced it will provide players with a black armband adorned with poppies but refused to back down and let England and Scotland footballers wear the traditional red pins in Friday’s (11.11.16) match.
An English FA spokesman said: “In recent weeks, the FA has led remembrance discussions with Fifa to allow the England team to show its support for the poppy appeal during the World Cup qualifier with Scotland.”
However, veterans also have the support of prime minister Teresa May, who said as she addressed the House of Commons last week: “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 they should be able to do so.”