Poppy dispute: Prince William leads England to victory

Thursday November 10, 2011

The English football team will finally be allowed to wear remembrance poppies, after Prince William got involved in the dispute.

The Duchess of Cambridge's husband wrote to Fifa in his role as FA chairman to express his dismay that the team were forbidden from wearing the symbols in England's friendly against Spain.

Prime Minister David Cameron did the same, after earlier urging players to ignore the ban.

Hours after knowledge of the letters became public, Fifa changed their minds, and a compromise was reached.

The players will now wear poppies embroidered on black armbands.

Images of poppies and messages of support will also be displayed prominently around Wembley and there will be a minutes silence before the match.

William, was delighted at the final decision, with St James's Palace saying he was "happy at the victory for common sense".

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