Let England and Scotland footballers wear their poppies with pride
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I am John Nichol, a former RAF prisoner of war, and I call on Fifa and the FA to allow the England and Scottish players to wear their poppy with pride on their shirts for their Armistice Day match at Wembley. This symbol of the courage and sacrifice of our heroes cannot and should not be shunned. Read more in The Sun
The poppy is not a political statement at all. It could not be further from a political statement. It is a statement of remembrance and an acknowledgement of sacrifice from the First World War right through to the sacrifices of our young men and women today.
Many of those brave people, who risk their lives to protect us, are themselves avid football supporters and they will be wearing their poppies with pride that day. This is an opportunity to show how much we as a society care about the work these heroes do - and we cannot let Fifa or the FA diminish that.
No one should ever be banned from wearing a poppy and it brings shame on Fifa that they continue to propagate this misunderstanding of our heritage.
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