England players will be able to wear poppies on their black armbands on Saturday after FIFA agreed a compromise with the FA.
The compromise means that FIFA’s rules preventing symbols on shirts are still adhered to but will allow the poppies to be displayed.
An FA statement said: “The FA can confirm that FIFA has agreed that the England team will now be permitted to wear a poppy on the black armbands the players will wear during Saturday’s match with Spain. While continuing to adhere to the laws of the game, wearing the poppy on the armband does ensure the poppy will be visible throughout the game. The FA welcomes FIFA’s decision and thanks them for agreeing to this.”
The announcement should bring an end to the dispute which led to both Prime Minister David Cameron and Prince William, in his role as president of the FA, writing to FIFA to ask them to reconsider. William penned a strongly worded note privately to FIFA expressing his dismay at the move.
Cameron also wrote to the organisation, assuring it that there were “no political connotations whatsoever” associated with the poppies. Less than an hour after the letters were made public, FIFA announced that it would allow England’s players to wear a poppy on their black armbands on Saturday.
St James’s Palace said William was pleased with the decision. The spokesman said: “The Duke is happy with this resolution.” Cameron welcomed Fifa’s decision, saying: “It’s a sensible way forward.”