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    According to reports, International Federation of Football Association fined England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland for the display of remembrance poppy symbols at the games held around the Armistice Day.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) fined England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland for the display of remembrance poppy symbols at the games held around the Armistice Day, FIFA said Monday in a statement.

    "England has been fined CHF 45,000 for several incidents in the framework of the England v. Scotland match, including the display by the host association, the English team and spectators of a political symbol… Scotland, as the visiting association, has been fined CHF 20,000 for the display of the same political symbol… Wales has been fined CHF 20,000 and Northern Ireland CHF 15,000 in relation to several incidents, including the display of political symbols in the context of the Wales v. Serbia and Northern Ireland v. Azerbaijan matches," FIFA statement read.

    The statement also referred to spectator misconduct as another reason for the fines.

    FIFA rules state that no "form of advertising for… any third parties, of political, religious, commercial, personal statement, images and/or other announcements" is allowed on any equipment, including clothes.

    The Armistice Day is widely celebrated on November 11 in a number of European and Commonwealth countries that participated in the World War I.

    The so-called remembrance poppy was adopted across the Commonwealth of Nations shortly after the World War I as a symbol to commemorate the soldiers who died in war.

    English and Scottish Football Associations have argued for a few years now that poppy is not a political symbol. In 2011, FIFA agreed that the UK players could wear armbands with poppies, but later reverted to its original stance on these flowers as political symbols.

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