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Wearing a poppy is only meaningful if it’s voluntary | Michael Hann

Anger at footballers not having poppies on their shirts misses the point of what ought to be a simple and moving gesture

The opening lines of the Sun’s front page story on Tuesday morning could not have been much clearer: “Fifa are blocking England and Scotland players from wearing poppies on their shirts for the World Cup qualifier next week.” Damn those corrupt, meddling bureaucrats, with their insistence that no political symbols be displayed! No wonder “fury erupted” that Our Brave Boys couldn’t pay tribute to the fallen at a match that falls on Armistice Day.

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