FIFA have sparked a new poppy row with England after opening disciplinary proceedings against the Football Association.
Football’s world governing body are ready to punish the FA for the pre-match ceremony, poppy display on the pitch and also flags in the crowd at the World Cup qualifier against Scotland last Friday, which was November 11 — Armistice Day.
It was all included in FIFA’s report, along with the poppies on the black armbands worn by both teams.
Scotland are also facing disciplinary proceedings.
FA of Wales president David Griffiths was the official FIFA delegate for the game and mentioned it all in his report.
The Football Association and Scottish FA have a week to respond.
FIFA’s rules forbid “political” statements on players’ shirts. But the fact they are not just looking at what the team wore will upset England fans, who have already been shocked by the threat of a potential big-money fine.
The Last Post was played before kick-off followed by a moving minute’s silence, with flags on the pitch and in the crowd to pay respects to the war dead.
T-shirts with poppies printed on the front were also left on seats in the ground for supporters to wear.
A FIFA spokesperson said: “We can confirm disciplinary proceedings have been opened on this matter.
“Please understand we cannot comment further at this stage nor speculate on any outcome or provide an estimated timeline.”
The FA are determined to fight FIFA’s stance and are likely to ask for any fine to be paid to charity.
It is understood FIFA are not considering a points deduction that could affect World Cup qualifying.
FA chief executive Martin Glenn said: “If (FIFA) fine us, we’ll contest. They have much bigger problems they should be concentrating on.
“I’m confident our legal position is right and our moral position is right. Our case is absolutely rock solid.”