THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

11 November ~ The Prime Minister, Prince William and the English Defence League can rest easy. After a week of tough campaigning, the Daily Mail have had their way. FIFA have reached a compromise with the FA that allows England players to wear poppies tomorrow night in the friendly against Spain at Wembley. The poppies will be placed on the players' black arm-bands rather than their shirts, as the FA had initially hoped. This isn't the first time a quiet news week has been seized upon by a newspaper campaign. Two years ago we commented upon a campaign led by the Mail that criticised Manchester United and Liverpool, who thought the poppies wouldn't look so good on their red shirts.

Comments (1)
Comment by phnompenhandy 2011-11-13 14:14:48

And so we were left with the farce that, after all the fuss, few Scottish or English players wore the special symbolic armbands for long due to the shoddy workmanship that meant the velcrose didn't stick. Where's the outcry? Where's the mediastorm? Which unpatriotic British company was responsible? Or were they manufactured in a third world sweatshop by less-than-liberated citizens?

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