England and Scotland players will wear black armbands bearing poppies in the 11 November World Cup qualifier against Scotland, despite FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura's insistence that no exceptions would be made by the world governing body.

The game's laws state that players' equipment should not carry any commercial, political or religious messages, and FIFA has stuck to its guns, with Samoura earlier on Wednesday evening warning Theresa May not to interfere after the Prime Minister labelled the world governing body's stance "utterly outrageous".

Shortly after the FA's statement, its Scottish counterpart issued an almost identical statement of its own to say Scotland players would also wear armbands. 

The decision comes after a British MP has asked FIFA to clarify why the Republic of Ireland were permitted to wear a symbol commemorating the Easter Rising, while the England, Wales and Scotland football teams have been banned from wearing poppies.

In 2011 a compromise that was granted when England, Scotland and Wales all wore armbands with poppies on in three November friendlies.

The FA asked FIFA for a similar ruling this year but received a short written reply from new secretary general Fatma Samoura that "drew attention" to law 4, paragraph 4, the section that contains the ban on commercial, political or religious messages.

Ireland wore a commemorative symbol against Switzerland in a friendly last March.

That has been viewed as a contradiction in some quarters, with Damian Collins MP telling the BBC: "I have asked FIFA to clarify the issue over shirts worn by the Republic of Ireland because that appears to be an absolutely classic example of leniency being shown to other countries."

The FA and its Scottish and Welsh counterparts had hoped to persuade Samoura to soften her stance at a dinner in London on Wednesday evening, before Thursday's meeting of the International Football Association Board, the body that makes the game's laws.

But it now seems Samoura and her boss, FIFA president Gianni Infantino, are in no mood to back down.

"FIFA fully respects the significance of commemorating Remembrance Day on 11 November each year," a FIFA spokesperson said.

"The laws of the game are overseen by the International Football Association Board and applicable to all 211 member associations. The relevant law 4, para. 4, clearly states that the players equipment should not carry any political, religious or commercial messages.

"The laws are applied uniformly in the event of similar requests by any member association to commemorate similar historical events."