Statement on England shirts and the use of the poppy
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FIFA fully acknowledges the significance of the Poppy Appeal and the ways in which it helps commemorate Remembrance Day on 11 November each year.

As a multinational organisation comprising over 50 different nationalities, the significance of this date will also be observed by many of its employees, who will remember family members too.

FIFA's Regulations regarding Players' Equipment are that they should not carry any political, religious or commercial messages.

FIFA has 208 Member Associations and the same regulations are applied globally, and uniformally, in the event of similar requests by other nations to commemorate historical events.

FIFA has been in regular contact with The FA in recent weeks regarding their request for the poppy emblem to be worn on the national shirt.

FIFA understands the wish of The FA to respect and commemorate the lives of members of their armed forces, and following further correspondence has approved The FA's request for a minute's silence to be observed prior to kick-off, when England host the reigning European and World champions Spain at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 12 November.

In addition to this, FIFA has on Wednesday 9 November, also given permission for the poppy to be worn on the England players’ black armbands during the match.