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SCOTLAND TO PLAY IN PINK BUT WITH NO POPPY

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GORDON STRACHAN’S Scotland players will be wearing PINK when they take on England in their vital World Cup qualifier at Wembley a week on Friday but they won’t have a poppy on their shirts.

FIFA have decided the white sleeves on the Scots’ blue home kit clash with the light blue sleeves on England’s home strip, so the world governing body have decided the visitors will wear pink shirts, with black shorts and black socks.
And the sport’s governing body has banned both home nations adding the poppy to their shirts for this crucial match on 11/11 as FIFA regard that as a political statement.
England will wear their kit of predominantly white shirts, with light blue sleeves, white shorts and red socks. FIFA also confirmed home teams are entitled to wear their kit of choice in World Cup qualifiers.

Their rules state: “If the two teams’ colours might cause confusion, the host team shall be entitled to wear its official team kit and the visiting team shall use its reserve team kit or, if necessary, a combination of the official and the reserve team kits.”

The decision was made after the SFA submitted images of Scotland’s home and away kits to FIFA’s World Cup match commissioner, who decided the Scots should play in their away colours.

Scotland are fourth in Group F on four points going into the game with the English, who top the table with seven points.

Strachan’s men wore the controversial pink strip in their last game against Slovakia when they were hammered 3-0 last month.
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