JOE Hart believes FIFA’s decision to allow England’s players to wear a poppy in this weekend’s friendly international against Spain is a victory for common sense.
England ‘keeper Hart and his team-mates were facing the prospect of not being able to wear poppies to mark Remembrance Day during the match at Wembley under FIFA rules but the Manchester City star feels a happy medium has been struck with the players now able to parade poppies on the black armbands they will wear during the game.
Hart said: “It was a great relief it was resolved in the best way possible in keeping us, as British citizens, happy and also FIFA as well who make the rules. It was nice to come to a happy medium where we are both happy.”
He added: “A line has been put under it and as a group of players, we are very happy.
“We get to wear the poppy in some way as well as holding the two minutes silence tomorrow (during training at Wembley tomorrow).”
Hart is adamant defying the FIFA ban was not an option.
When asked if it was considered, he said: “No, that is not how you play the game. FIFA are the law and you do as you are told.
“But we can show our respects and there is no need to worry about it. Is the rule wrong?
“Again, I don’t make the rules. I just do as I am told.”
Manchester United defender Phil Jones, who could be used in midfield against Spain to combat the passing prowess of Xavi and Cesc Fabregas, also thinks the right decision has been made.
He said: “Everyone is pleased that the poppy situation has been resolved.
“It is nice for us to pay our respects by showing that poppy on our armband.
“Hopefully we can get the win on Saturday for them.”