#CommonDebate: Should footballers be allowed to wear poppies on the pitch?

Maxine Blane

Today via CommonSocial, Twitter and Facebook we asked for your responses to our #CommonDebate feature

AS part of Scotland’s new media, what you think about the news is a top priority for CommonSpace – we want to know how you feel about major news stories, and what events you think should be getting attention.

Your views on news issues are incredibly important to us, and we want you to be involved every step of the way. Whenever there’s a big question or issue drawing public attention, we’ll use the #CommonDebate hashtag to make sure your voice is heard.

One issue that has been prominent on social media this week is the Fifa ban on political, religious or commercial messages on football shirts, so today’s #CommonDebate question was: ‘As Armistice Day match between Scotland and England approaches, should footballers be allowed to wear poppies on the pitch?’

One respondent on facebook felt that wearing poppies should be a personal choice for players:

A user on twitter queried whether the issue was important enough to make the headlines:


Some responses were succinct in their declaration that players should not wear poppies on the pitch.


Finally, one user wondered why the issue had gained prominence in recent years, and felt that wearing a poppy wasn’t a necessity to pay remembrance respects.

We’d like to thank everyone who responded, and encourage you all to get involved in our next #CommonDebate on CommonSocial, Twitter or Facebook, or even tell us what you think about the latest question in the comments below.

Picture courtesy of Prescott Pym

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