Wales boss Chris Coleman to be consulted before poppies decision made

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Gareth Bale and his Wales team mates wore poppies on armbands in their friendly win against Norway in 2011

Football Association of Wales (FAW) chief executive Jonathan Ford will consult manager Chris Coleman and the players before any decision is made on wearing poppies when they play Serbia.

The Serbian FA will also be consulted before a final decision is made.

The FAW have asked Fifa about wearing poppies on armbands in their World Cup qualifier on 12 November.

Fifa does not allow international sides to wear commercial, religious or political messages on shirts.

On the same day as Wales' football team face Serbia, Wales' rugby team will wear a poppy on their shirt in their Test match against Argentina.

The Football Associations of England and Scotland say they will defy a ban on players wearing poppies when the teams meet on Armistice Day.

They will let players wear black armbands with poppy emblems, as Wales did against Norway in 2011, and are willing to accept any punishment.

Fifa previously agreed to allow England, Wales and Scotland's teams to wear poppies on black armbands during the Remembrance weekend in 2011 after pressure from the UK government.

Although Fifa does not regard poppies as political, it had been concerned it would create a precedent for emblems which could be controversial.

Fifa's general secretary Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura told BBC Sport "any kind of sanction" could follow if players wore the symbol.

The Wales squad have previously visited the Artillery Wood Cemetery near Ypres during the autumn internationals and manager Chris Coleman laid a wreath at the Welsh war memorial at Langemark.

The FAW said on Tuesday that they would hold a two minute silence at training on the Friday during the international break and visit a war memorial on Remembrance Sunday.

"We've always paid our respects as a nation and so we should, remembering what those men and women did for us in the war," Coleman said in a press conference following his squad announcement for the game against Serbia.

"We have to look at what Fifa are saying and we have to understand that. Unless my association tells me otherwise we have to abide by what Fifa says. But we will always pay our respects to Remembrance Day."

Fifa have said that the Laws of the Game are "applied uniformly in the event of similar requests" by any of the 211 member associations to commemorate similar historical events.