Monday’s soccer news starts with FIFA deciding they don’t care quite so much about British teams wearing poppies to honor Remembrance Day. The November holiday coincides with an international window. FIFA’s earlier response was to fine England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland for adding a poppy to their match day uniforms.
Though FIFA’s International Football Association Board has yet to make the rule official, BBC Sport’s Richard Conway reports that it’s all but a done deal. That’s not at all surprising considering that it’s the British countries that make up the IFAB.
Where this leaves FIFA when it comes to political statements is the bigger point. The rule is in place to stop all political statements without exceptions. Of course, this is FIFA. They’ve made exceptions for Remembrance Day poppies in the past, weakening the total ban spirit of the law. There’s also the British countries threat of litigation, bringing into frame FIFA’s insistence that soccer stay out of the court system. If this shows anything to the rest of the world, it’s that nothing is simple for FIFA.
SI.com’s Avi Creditor’s look at week 29 of the MLS season. MLSsoccer’s Matthew Doyle also reviews week 29. The Dallas Morning News’ Peter Welpton on tactical changes not working for Dallas. Top Drawer Soccer’s JR Eskilson previews the USMNT at the U-17 World Cup.
The Irish Times’ Ken Early makes the case for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s approach. Pro Soccer Talk’s Joe Prince-Wright relays Chelsea manager Antonio Conte telling Italian radio that he intends to return to Serie A at some point. The Guardian’s Sid Lowe’s look at Atletico Madrid. Bundesliga Fanatic’s Christopher Smith explains Borussia Dortmund’s position as the only publicly listed club in the Bundesliga. Back PAge Football’s Felix Tasker tries to figure out what’s happened to Dutch soccer.
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