Football: Fifa fines England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland over poppies

English striker Wayne Rooney wearing the poppy armband on Nov 11, 2016, in England's World Cup qualification match against Scotland.
English striker Wayne Rooney wearing the poppy armband on Nov 11, 2016, in England's World Cup qualification match against Scotland. PHOTO: AFP

ZURICH (AFP) - Fifa fined England 45,000 Swiss francs (S$63,450) on Monday for wearing a poppy tribute to British war dead during their Nov 11 World Cup qualifier against Scotland.

Scotland were fined 20,000 Swiss francs, while Wales and Northern Ireland were given 20,000 Swiss franc 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 the poppies 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".