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FIFA takes action against England, Scotland over poppies

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Britain Football Soccer - England v Scotland - 2018 World Cup Qualifying European Zone - Group F - Wembley Stadium, London, England - 11/11/16 Scotland's Darren Fletcher looks dejected England's Gary Cahill scored their third goal Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine Livepic
Britain Football Soccer - England v Scotland - 2018 World Cup Qualifying European Zone - Group F - Wembley Stadium, London, England - 11/11/16 Scotland's Darren Fletcher looks dejected England's Gary Cahill scored their third goal Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine Livepic

LONDON (Reuters) - FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against England and Scotland after they wore poppies on black armbands in last week's World Cup qualifier.

Both countries chose to defy FIFA by wearing poppies in Friday's Group F match to commemorate the armistice that ended World War One.

"We can confirm disciplinary proceedings have been opened on this matter," a spokesperson for soccer's governing body said on Thursday.

"Please understand we cannot comment further at this stage nor speculate on any outcome or provide an estimated timeline."

FIFA rules forbid players from wearing anything that can be perceived as a political statement.

(Reporting by Toby Davis; Editing by Tony Jimenez)


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