Reasons that FIFA has provided are understandable as well. Its approach was based on idea that shirts should not being used to commemorate national events or to convey political messages. They said that this situation might open the door for so many similar initiatives globally that eventually jeopardize the idea of sport as a politically neutral field.
So what is the difference between political act and act of respect and national pride? How to draw the line between positive universal symbols and the ones with pure political connotations?
The compromise has finally been made. England will wear poppies on their black armbands on Saturday against Spain, FIFA agreed. This decision seems to be well received, both among football supporters and politicians. They emphasized that this gesture means sending the clear message of peace and pride among all the nations.
What is your opinion on such a decision? Do you consider gesture like this as a something that sport should promote? Should historical events be commemorated on sports events? Please, join the debate in the comments bellow.