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Is this the biggest Armistice Day controversy yet? Wearing a poppy is, as most people appear to believe about 40m are bought every yearan act of remembrance and a small way of supporting the British Legion, but it is not yet compulsory. Someone should remind the vocal and seemingly powerful, self-appointed poppy police.

Here is a brief history of poppy outrage. Their respective football associations are asking Fifa to allow players to wear poppies on their shirts; Fifa bans any political, religious or commercial messages on shirts.

The teams were allowed to wear black armbands embroidered with poppies in Novemberafter Prince William and David Cameron appealed to the football governing body. In a blog postthe Channel 4 newsreader Jon Snow addressed the criticism of his ongoing refusal to wear a poppy on the programme. That was the question last year, as some Labour MPs worried about whether their leader would wear a red poppy or the white one, a symbol of peace and pacifism, which he has worn before.

Newspaper reports soon confirmed that he would wear a red one, leaving those with unspent poppy outrage to turn their attention to how deeply Corbyn bowed at the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph.

One was quickly Photoshopped on. InPoundland was forced to allow its workers to wear poppies after receiving a deluge of messages on Facebook and Twitter.

Poppies were not, it had said, part of staff uniform. Unlike for prime ministers.

The West Brom player has been viciously attacked on Twitter for his decision over the years. Because of the history of where I come from in Derry, I cannot wear something that represents that.

For some, calling out people in the public eye for not wearing poppies has become an enjoyable online pastime. Last year, the actor Sienna Miller was criticised for not wearing one on a chat show; the year before it was Nigel Farage who endured the wrath of the poppy police, who almost certainly enjoy a healthy crossover with Ukip voters. Shortcuts Remembrance Day. Emine Saner.

Tue 1 Nov Poppies v Fifa. This year, I will wear a poppy for the last time Harry Leslie Smith.

. David Squires on … football and Remembrance Day. Topics Remembrance Day Shortcuts features.

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