Watch Theresa May tear into Fifa over "utterly outrageous" poppy ban 3 years ago

Watch Theresa May tear into Fifa over "utterly outrageous" poppy ban

Theresa May has slammed Fifa for their decision to reject a request from England and Scotland players to wear armbands featuring poppies when the two sides meet on Remembrance Day.

Speaking at prime minister's questions, May said that it was "utterly outrageous" that Fifa had decided to turn down the request, adding that footballers should be able to show their respects for those that died protecting their country.

“Our football players want to recognise and respect those who have given their lives for our safety and security and I think it is absolutely right they should be able to do so.”

May also goes on to tell Fifa, who have been embroiled in a long-running corruption scandal, that they should be more concerned with their own affairs.

“I should say to Fifa before they start telling us what to do they jolly well ought to sort their own house out."


Fifa usually bans commercial, religious and political messages on football shirts, although made an exception five years ago. On that occasion, Prince William and David Cameron appealed to world football's governing body so that each team would be able to to wear armbands featuring embroidered poppies.

MP Damian Collins, who chairs the Commons culture, media and sport select committee, is awaiting a response from Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, having written to him urging him to reconsider the decision.

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