In this Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 file photo, a poppy is displayed on a big screen for Armistice Day before the international friendly soccer match between England and Spain at Wembley Stadium in London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)
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Football global governing body FIFA insisted Friday it was a "distortion of the facts" to suggest they would punish British national associations determined to mark this weekend's World Cup qualifiers with poppy tributes.The latest edition of international football's oldest fixtures takes place on Nov. 11 -- Armistice Day in Britain as it marks the anniversary of the end of the First World War on Nov. 11, 1918 .Players wearing the poppy symbol on their shirts would appear to contravene FIFA regulations forbidding the display of messages considered to be commercial, personal, political or religious.A FIFA spokesperson told AFP Friday it could only act on actual events.
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