World football governing body, FIFA, are set to fine an U12’s team for playing near a poppy field, citing a breach of political symbolism rules, it has emerged.
A FIFA spokesperson said: “Here at FIFA, we really hate poppies.”
“Unfortunately, there’s nothing within our rules explicitly on poppies, but luckily our we have a team of bureaucrats with very little to do with their time, and they managed to tie poppies to political symbolism”
“We’ve obviously already fined national teams of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales for this and now we’ve found a boys team in Wiltshire have started playing their home games near a field brazenly displaying poppies, so we intend to fine them too.”
FIFA disciplinary committee chairman Claudio Sulser said he “fully respected” the commemorations the poppy represents but stressed that “FIFA really does hate poppies.”
FIFA are now said to be trying to find a way to fine anybody involved in charitable activity.