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Hello and hi. Am afraid I am having another ‘boy’ moment. Allow me wax lyrical on football. Please and thanks.
As reported by the BBC- England, Scotland and Wales are in talks with world governing body FIFA over whether players can wear poppies on their football jerseys, to mark Armistice Day. FIFA bans political, religious or commercial messages on shirts. Further, the Football Associations of England, Scotland and Wales want to know the potential punishments. And we all know that FIFA likes to hand out punishments like Halloween candy. Yes. Yes, they do. Forewarned is forearmed as they say. Which simply means: that knowledge in advance enables one to be prepared. This expression originated as a Latin proverb-Praemonitus, praemunitus-which was translated into English in the early 1500’s. This expression was later put to broader use and used in a military context/application. Knowledge is power, people.
The ultimate sanction that FIFA could give out would be a points deduction, but FIFA had not indicated yet whether if the wearing of poppies by players will result in points deductions. I suppose we will have to wait and see.
Why people wear Poppies
The poppy has had quite a long association with Rememberance Day. Essentially, this vibrant, red flower became a powerfully potent symbol in which to mark our rememberance of the sacrifice by soldiers, made in past wars.
Popaver rhoeas or Scarlet corn poppies grow naturally in conditions of disturbed earth throughout Western Europe. Further, the destruction brought by the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th Century transformed lands into fields of blood red poppies, which grew around the bodies of fallen soldiers. How terribly poignant.
In 1914, the fields of Northern France and Flanders were ripped own as WWI raged through the heart of Europe. Once the conflict was over, the poppy was one of the only plants to grow on the otherwise, barren battlefields. As a result, the poppy commenced as a powerful and lasting memorial symbol to the fallen.
The poppy came to represent the sacrifice made by the fallen soldiers. It was later adopted by the Royal British Legion as the symbol for their Poppy Appeal-in aid of those serving in the British Armed Forces, after its formation in 1921.
Please note that this was only meant to be a brief synopsis. This is not a history seminar only a blog post. If you want to know more, kindly educate yourself. Please and thanks. That is all.