PM anger at 'absurd' poppy ban
Published : 09 Nov 2011 11:22:48Rss feed
Prime Minister David Cameron has condemned the ban on England's players wearing poppies on their kit as "outrageous".
He called for Fifa to reverse the "absurd" decision that is stopping the team having the remembrance symbol embroidered on their shirts for this Saturday's friendly against Spain at Wembley.He stepped in amid growing fury after it emerged that officials turned down the special request, made by the Football Association, claiming it would "open the door to similar initiatives" across the world. Cameron said: "This seems outrageous. The idea that wearing a poppy to remember those who have given their lives for our freedom is a political act is absurd."Wearing a poppy is an act of huge respect and national pride. I hope Fifa will reconsider."The FA have said England's players will wear poppies on their tracksuits during the national anthems and that a minute's silence will be held.