The debate on whether wearing a poppy is a political gesture or not has been raised by a challenge by the FA and the UK government to a ban by Fifa on allowing the England football team to wear the symbol.
I never thought of the Poppy as Political or Religious before but now I am thinking it must be. To me it has been part of our heritage to wear a Poppy and I accepted that long before I fully recognised the sacrifice that went before it. I never like Politics or Religion in sport but is it really going to be offensive to wear a Poppy on a Football shirt or any other shirt for that reason?
I would have thought that all nations had some remembrance for their dead; such actions are memorial with some religious content.
Perhaps if FIFA consider political affiliation unacceptable they would like to consider banning the singing/playing of national anthems and use of national flags. Yet again the incompetence and stupidity of an international sporting body is brought into the spotlight!!
"Would we be supportive if Argentina wanted to wear something to commemorate the Belgrano's crew? "
Yes ! . They were service men who paid the ultimate price serving their country and the Argentines have every right to commemorate that.
Fifa apparently claims the ban is partly because it could offend the Germans, the Germans say that not only are they not offended nobody from Fifa has raised the issue with them.
Looks rather like Sepp Blatter getting his own back because the English dared to suggest he was corrupt in public rather than do the usual three monkeys trick.
The only argument to support the Fifa action is that it's irritated the English defence league, I find being on the same side of an argument as them profoundly depressing.
Unfortunately it has now become a bit of a ritual for which you are reviled if you are not seen to be taking part.
Like many others here I have paraded before more war memorials than I care to remember (and for serving personnel there is a lot more preparation than just ensuring you are at the starting point at the right time) and on far too many occasions listened to the echoes of rifle shots across cemeteries but on the odd occasions when I have left my poppy at home I have been taken to task for "not wearing my poppy with pride".
I have never worn my poppy with pride, but only with humility because I m mstill here and they are not.
The "poppy police" are just another area where the political correctness brigade have taken over.