England, Scotland wait for Fifa action

Nov 13, 2016
Gary Cahill celebrating his goal, England's third, with captain Wayne Rooney against Scotland in World Cup 2018 qualifier,
Gary Cahill celebrating his goal, England’s third, with captain Wayne Rooney against Scotland in World Cup 2018 qualifier,

England and Scotland are waiting to discover if they will be punished for wearing black armbands featuring poppies in Friday’s World Cup qualifying match at Wembley.

The English and Scottish Football Associations defied FIFA on Armistice Day, after football’s world governing body said the wearing of poppies falls under the commercial, personal, political or religious messages that it has banned.

If the armbands are mentioned in the official report of FIFA’s match commissioner, the case would then go to the world governing body’s disciplinary committee – with a fine or even a World Cup points deduction possible.

A FIFA statement read: “As is the case with every qualifying game, the official match reports are submitted for post-match evaluation to the area responsible. Therefore, FIFA has no further comment at this stage.

“As previously communicated, the Independent Disciplinary Committee is the proper body to decide which of a member association’s activities are compliant, and what measures are to be taken in case of any breaches deemed to have occurred at a specific game.”

The FA has already said it will contest any fine and believes its “legal position is right and our moral position is right”.

England won the Group F match 3-0 thanks to headed goals from Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Gary Cahill.