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Wales squad will not wear poppies but black armbands for Serbia match

Wales will wear black armbands but no poppies during their qualifying match against Serbia on Saturday.

FIFA had turned down a request made by the FAW for the team to wear poppies on their shirts or on armbands.

Players will wear a plain black armband this Saturday without the poppy. Credit: PA

The FAW said that it had been in regular dialogue with FIFA in regards to the forthcoming Remembrance weekend.

Prior to kick off on Saturday, a mosaic depicting the poppy be will unveiled by Wales supporters in the Family Stand and the players will wear black armbands as a mark of respect throughout the match.

The FAW naturally wishes to respect and honour those who fought and lost their lives fighting for their country.

As an Association we also have to respect the rules of FIFA and following long discussions with members of the FAW Council, staff, management and players, a decision has been made not to wear the poppy against Serbia.

We felt unable to take the risk of a financial penalty or point deduction, however, as we always have done at this time of year, we will be paying our respects in other ways.

– Jonathan Ford, FAW Chief Executive

While the outcome of this request by the FAW had a sad sense of inevitability, it is still no less disgraceful.

This shameful decision to ban the Welsh team from displaying the poppy flies in the face of our values – it is an act of huge respect and national pride and it was only right that our players wanted to join in with millions of others paying their respects across the country.

The efforts to reverse this by the Football Association should be commended and I’m sure our governing body will find other ways to pay respects this weekend.

– Andrew RT Davies, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives

Gareth Bale named FAW's 'Player of the Year'

Gareth Bale has been named Player of the Year by the Football Association of Wales.

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The 26th FAW awards, held last night, celebrated a historic year for Welsh football.

Chris Coleman won the FAW Special Award for his leadership of the national team, while Joe Allen was awarded Fans' Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year.

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Defender James Collins injured for World Cup qualifier against Serbia

James Collins is the latest player to withdraw from Wales' squad for Saturday's tie with Serbia. Credit: PA

Defender James Collins is the latest player to pull out of the Wales squad preparing for Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Serbia in Cardiff.

The West Ham player has been replaced by MK Dons' Joe Walsh.

He is the second Wales casualty this week, with fellow defender Ben Davies having been ruled out of the Serbia clash due to injury. Champions League defeat against Bayer Leverkusen last week.

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Defender Ben Davies ruled out of Wales' World Cup qualifier against Serbia

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Wales will be without Tottenham defender Ben Davis for their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Serbia on 12 November.

Davies missed Spurs' 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Sunday after picking up an ankle injury during Spurs' Champions League defeat to Bayer Leverkussen last week.

The 23-year-old will be replaced by Sunderland's Adam Matthews, who is on loan at Bristol City.

FT: Swansea 1-3 Manchester United

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Swansea are still without a win under Bob Bradley, after losing to Manchester United at home this afternoon.

The Swans were trailing 0-3 at half time and despite Mike van der Hoorn pulling one back in the second half it wasn't enough to avoid defeat.

Final score Swansea 1-3 Manchester United.

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