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Scotland and England to defy poppy ban

Scott BrownScotland and England will risk a points deduction after the Football Associations of the two countries said they will defy a ban on players wearing poppies when the teams meet on Armistice Day.

They will let players wear black armbands with poppy emblems and insist FIFA has misinterpreted the rules on political symbols.

Fifa general secretary Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura told BBC Sport “any kind of sanction” could follow.

World football’s governing body prohibits political, religious or commercial messages on shirts.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has called the rule “outrageous”.

The match will be broadcast live on STV and is particularly important to the Scots who need to get something from the game to put their hopes of qualifying for Russia 2018 back on track.

Scotland coach Gordon Strachan received a boost after Celtic captain Scott Brown (pictured) confirmed his decision to return after retiring from international duty in August.

He was today included in the squad which also includes Stephen Kingsley, returning to help cover for the injured Andrew Robertson and Kieran Tierney. The Swansea left-back will compete with Rangers captain Lee Wallace for the left-back role.

Robert Snodgrass has also been named in the 25-man squad despite recently recovering from an ankle injury.

Hibs midfielder John McGinn retains his place ahead of Aberdeen’s Graeme Shinnie and in-form Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong.

STV will show the match (KO: 7.45pm) on air and via the STV Player from 7.15pm.


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