England v Scotland poppy row: Fifa is wrong to get involved - Arsene Wenger

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Fifa wrong to get involved on poppies - Wenger

Fifa is wrong to ban poppies on shirts for the World Cup qualifier between England and Scotland on Remembrance Day, says Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

The football associations of England and Scotland will defy Fifa and allow their players to wear black armbands with red poppy emblems for the match.

The Gunners boss said Fifa "should not get involved" in the issue.

World football's governing body prohibits political, religious or commercial messages on shirts.

"By wanting to be too politically correct you can go sometimes against tradition," Wenger added.

"In this case, I think that is part of the English culture that I love. They respect tradition and they respect people who have given their life for the country."

The poppy is worn in the weeks up to and around Remembrance Day on 11 November to remember British and Commonwealth armed forces who died in World War One and later conflicts.

Fifa's secretary general Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura has told BBC Sport "any kind of sanction" could follow if Fifa's rules are breached.

The issue was not raised at a meeting between Samoura and the four home football associations at Wembley Stadium on Thursday as all parties had agreed to disagree over the matter, said BBC sports news correspondent Richard Conway.

English FA chief executive Martin Glenn told BBC Sport that players from both sides will break Fifa rules and wear armbands carrying the red poppy symbol "as a point of principle".

The Scottish Football Association, meanwhile, told BBC Sport it is prepared to challenge any Fifa sanction imposed for its players wearing armbands.

SFA chief executive Stewart Regan said they want to "do the right thing" by wearing the poppy.

The chief executive of the Football Association of Wales, Jonathan Ford, confirmed that they too have contacted Fifa with a request to wear a poppy armband.

But a final decision will only be made once he has consulted national team manager Chris Coleman, the Welsh players and his Serb counterparts next week, with Wales facing Serbia in Cardiff on 12 November.

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England v Scotland poppy row: Fifa have got it wrong - Former FA chief executive

Former England defender Danny Mills earlier told BBC Radio 5 live the row over poppies is overshadowing the meaning of the occasion.

Mills, 39, said one solution could have been players wearing temporary tattoos on their hands.

"If the players are that insistent on wearing poppies, they should get a temporary tattoo, stick it on the back of their hand and, when the national anthems are played, put your hand on your heart and it's there for everybody to see.

"Fifa cannot stop that. It's no different than having a normal tattoo.

"It almost seems like the FA are having a fight for the sake of it. It's becoming about the FA and Fifa rather than actually remembering all those who have lost their lives.

"We're starting to lose what the poppy is about," Mills added.

Mills also suggested the players donate their match fees to the Royal British Legion, organiser of the annual poppy appeal.

The match, next Friday, 11 November at Wembley, is a 2018 World Cup qualifier.

Fifa allowed the England, Scotland and Wales teams to wear poppies on black armbands during internationals in November 2011.

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