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FIFA opens disciplinary cases against England, Scotland

A banner showing the silhouette of troops and a large red poppy with the words 'Lest We Forget' is held up by a fan prior to the start of the World Cup 2018 Group F qualification soccer match between England and Scotland at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. The game take place on Armistice Day, Nov. 11, when poppies are traditional worn in memory of those who gave their lives in the service of their country in past and present conflicts. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
November 17, 2016 - 8:08 AM

ZURICH - FIFA says it opened disciplinary cases against England and Scotland after players from both teams wore armbands with poppy emblems at a World Cup qualifying match.

FIFA did not specify details of the cases, nor would it "speculate on any outcome or provide an estimated timeline."

The laws of football prohibit religious, political or personal statements at national team matches.

The English and Scottish federations said before the Nov. 11 match at Wembley Stadium they were prepared to face the consequences of defying FIFA rules.

Both federations face being fined.

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