ZURICH (AFP) - FIFA fined England 45,000 Swiss francs (S$63,602) on Monday for wearing a poppy tribute to British war dead during their November 11 World Cup qualifier against Scotland.
Scotland were fined 20,000 Swiss francs, while Wales and Northern Ireland were given 20,000 and 15,000 Swiss franc fines respectively for making their own tributes.
FIFA rules ban "political" symbols on shirts during official games, but the British nations denied they had breached the ban.
Both sets of players and England's manager Gareth Southgate wore black armbands bearing red poppy motifs at the Wembley game, which England won 3-0.
The qualifier was staged on Armistice Day, when Britain traditionally pays tribute to all of the country's war dead.
England's Football Association has already said it will contest any fine and believes its "legal position is right and our moral position is right".
FIFA disciplinary committee chairman Claudio Sulser stated it was not their "intention to judge or question specific commemorations as we fully respect the significance of such moments in the respective countries, each one of them with its own history and background".
But in a statement he explained they had issued the fines as "rules need to be applied in a neutral and fair manner across FIFA's 211 member associations".
He added: "The display, among others, of any political or religious symbol is strictly prohibited. In the stadium and on the pitch, there is only room for sport, nothing else." FIFA rules ban "political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images" on player kits.
Wales and Northern Ireland opted against allowing their players to wear black armbands with poppy symbols.
Instead, Wales laid a wreath beside the pitch and fans held up a poppy mosaic prior to their 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw with Serbia in Cardiff.
In Belfast, Northern Ireland held a minute's silence, laid wreaths and displayed a poppy mosaic ahead of their 4-0 win over Azerbaijan.
The Scottish Football Association said it was "disappointed" by FIFA's decision and would "await the written reasons from the committee before considering the appropriate next steps".
The Irish Football Association, responsible for Northern Ireland, said it would seek legal advice on the matter.
"The Irish FA is disappointed that the FIFA disciplinary committee has reprimanded the association and issued a fine," the IFA said in a statement.
"The Irish FA will examine the full written submission when it is released and will take further legal advice before deciding on a future course of action." The Football Associations of England and Wales did not immediately respond to requests for comment from AFP.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has branded FIFA's stance "outrageous".
The Republic of Ireland, meanwhile, were fined 5,000 Swiss francs after their players wore symbols commemorating the Easter Rising on their shirts during a March friendly against Switzerland.
The Easter Rising, which took place in April 1916, was an Irish rebellion against British rule.
The Football Association of Ireland is not expected to contest the fine.