A fast food chain has denied sacking a father-of-one for wearing a poppy but has claimed the badges are not allowed due to health and safety reasons.

Stephen Colquhoun was told the emblem could pose a risk in the kitchen by bosses at the fried chicken outlet.

The 23-year-old claims that when he refused to take off the remembrance symbol his name was removed from his restaurant’s rota.

He said: “I think it is a disgrace that you can’t wear a poppy.

“It should be everyone’s right to show their respect for the war dead if they want to.

“I had handed in my notice to KFC and was only due to work for another couple of weeks, but I could have done with the cash from my last few shifts.”

The incident follows a number of similar rows over the right of workers to wear poppies in the workplace.

A spokesman for KFC said: “The poppy appeal is a great cause and many of our restaurants support it through donation boxes including the Renfield Street restaurant.

“Wearing any type of badge or pin while working in a kitchen poses a foreign body risk so isn’t allowed for health and safety reasons.

“The team member has not been dismissed but we are currently looking into the matter.”