Ok, but are poppies only to remember British deaths during conflict? I always thought the poppy was a poignant symbol used to pay tribute to all of the fallen, regardless of which side they were on. It just so happens that it's inception was on Flanders Fields during the most horrific war of them all (so far anyway.)
This lauded article states “FIFA consider this a political gesture, a stance that in turn outrages those who feel it is vitally important that football — more than any other industry, apparently — remembers the dead of two world wars,” Samuel wrote.
“Except poppies are no longer just about those wars. They commemorate other, less popular conflicts, too. What if England were playing Argentina, Ireland or a country from the Middle East?
Well so what? Or are we saying that FIFA should blanket ban all commemorations rather than potentially include people in remembrance who we don't like very much these days? Death doesn't distinguish between sides and I've always held the belief that poppies were a symbol of the futility and tragedy of war in general; to remember the dead ( and not just the friendlies). At least that's what wearing a poppy means to me.