At first I thought it was meant to commemorate the death of some prominent figure, until I read the debate between the English FA and FIFA last week.
The poppy is worn on this day because according to the poem "In Flanders Fields", poppies bloomed in some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, and their red color symbolizes blood spilled during the war.
FIFA officials claimed that it would upset the Germans.
That, my friend, has got to be the biggest joke of the century.
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron has launched a string of attacks on FIFA over the matter, and he certainly has every right to do so.
What right does FIFA have to deny England's right to wear the poppy?
I mean, we're already in the 21st century, and the war was nearly a hundred years ago. Germany has learnt to cope with slurs and chants over their slaughtering of Jews during World War II (Don't call me anti-German/anti-semitic. Let's face it, it's all over the internet), so how is it possible that they can't emotionally handle a poppy on a rival's shirt?
FIFA's act of politicizing the issue has earned even the snub from the Germany FA. Germany's Federation general secretary Wolfgang Niersbach said that the idea of Germans being upset by the poppy hasn't even been mentioned in their meetings. He then voiced out his support for England to field players with poppies on their shirt.
It's absurd to say the least that the overlord in Zurich wouldn't budge.
|Sepp Blatter. Image: mirror.co.uk|
The world cup in South Africa was supposed to promote football in the region, to instil the love of football in every African soul. But profit comes first for Mr. Blatter, and FIFA apparently earned £2 billion (approx. RM 10 billion) out of that world cup alone. Consider other world cups under Mr. Blatter; Japan-Korea 2002, and Germany 2006.
So where was FIFA's role in South Africa? They messed it up in Africa, and now they're coming after one of the richest domestic leagues in the world.