FIFA is considering far wider charges against the English and Scottish Football Associations than simply the wearing of armbands with poppies on them during last week’s World Cup qualifier at Wembley.
Players from both teams wore the armbands despite being warned by FIFA that it would contravene an International Football Association Board (IFAB) rule against equipment with commercial, personal, political or religious logos or messages.
But world football’s governing body has now confirmed that its disciplinary committee is also investigating almost every aspect of what the FA and SFA did to mark the Armistice Day match.
A FIFA spokesman said: “The disciplinary committee decided to open proceedings against the FA and the Scottish FA in relation to a series of incidents reported after the match, including the wearing of arm bands with a poppy symbol, several cases of fan misconduct, a non-approved pre-match ceremony, the display of flags by fans with poppies and members of the armed forces, the display of poppy symbols on the big screen and T-shirts displaying poppies placed on seats.
“These incidents potentially constitute breaches of the laws of the game 2016/2017, the FIFA disciplinary code, the FIFA stadium safety and security regulations, the regulations of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the guidelines for FIFA match officials.”