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FIFA have announced that they are currently opening formal proceedings against the Republic of Ireland. The decision comes after football’s governing body yesterday confirmed that they were ‘evaluating the matter’, in reference to the kit worn by the Republic during a game versus Switzerland in March. The jerseys in question were embroidered with the years 1916-2016, marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

FIFA have since concluded this to be a political symbol, the likes of which are banned from any and all football kits according to their guidelines.

The investigation came after England and Scotland were informed that they were not permitted to wear poppies on black armbands when they face off in a World Cup Qualifier later this month.

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