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Fifa charge Ireland over Easter Rising commemorative jersey

The kit has come to the fore in recent days because England and Scotland both want to wear the poppy in their upcoming game.

WORLD FOOTBALL’S GOVERNING body, Fifa, has charged the Republic of Ireland with wearing a political symbol during a friendly with Switzerland in March.

Ireland wore the special jersey to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising but the kit was brought back to public attention this week when British MP Damian Collins cited them as an example of supposed double standards by Fifa.

England and Scotland have been in negotiations with Fifa over whether they can wear poppies on black armbands when they play each other in a World Cup qualifier on November 11, which is Armistice Day, the traditional day for Britons to pay tribute to their war dead.

Fifa has rejected their request saying it is a political symbol.

A Fifa spokesperson said earlier yesterday that the organisation was “evaluating the matter” but today formally opened disciplinary proceedings against the FAI.

The FAI has been contacted for comment.

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