Poppy Shirted

PoppyAt the risk of sounding unpatriotic, I found the brouhaha over whether the England football team should or shouldn’t wear a poppy embroidered on the shirts a little tiresome.

With all the other troubles in the world, getting your knickers knotted over this supposed act of remembrance seems a tad disproportionate to me.

We’re talking about a bunch of athletes who could collectively bale out the Greek economy with some to spare to keep Il Duce Berlusconi in a job.

They certainly have little in common with those who gave their lives for their country and who must be wondering if it was worth it if they’re looking down now.

The argument is that by wearing the poppy, the team will raise awareness among the millions watching the match, and there is probably some truth in that, but if it takes a football shirt to remind you to contribute to the Poppy Appeal, it’s a pretty poor show.

Even so, the black armband solution is to be welcomed as a way round FIFA’s ban on ‘political, religious or commercial messages on shirts’ even though it clearly is political given the intervention by Cameron and the Duke of Cambridge.

But the unanswered question for me is why the whole issue should have arisen in the first place. These friendly matches don’t just happen by accident. Someone at the FA didn’t phone his mate in Madrid to ask whether his lads fancied a kick about in the park this weekend.

This international weekend will have been in the diary for months and the thing about 11am on 11th November is that it comes round at the same time every year, regular as clockwork.

So why didn’t someone think about this when the match was arranged? The FA really is at fault here, but they’ve got away with it scot-free.

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2 comments… Add yours
  • john g 10th November 2011

    i agree….
    personal choice…..
    get over yourselves……..


  • Reader Wil 10th November 2011

    Right you are! Let’s talk about some real problems!


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