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Stoke City release club statement on James McClean’s poppy refusal

It’s that time of year agin, Remembrance Sunday is coming up and yet again, James McClean has come out to reveal that he won’t be wearing a poppy on his shirt.

The midfielder as also done the same at Sunderland, Wigan Athletic and West Bromwich Albion and it’s because he is from Derry, the place where British soldiers shot unarmed civilians during a peaceful protest march in 1972.

Take a look at what the player and the club had to say below…

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THE CLUB STATEMENT:

Stoke City can confirm that James McClean will not wear a Remembrance Day Poppy on his match shirt for forthcoming games against Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest.

James McClean said: “I know many people won’t agree with my decision or even attempt to gain an understanding of why I don’t wear a poppy.

“I accept that but I would ask people to be respectful of the choice I have made, just as I’m respectful of people who do choose to wear a poppy.”

The club went on to say: “As a Club we will be supporting the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal by wearing the Poppy on our home shirt in the fixture against Middlesbrough on November 3rd and on our away shirt in the fixture against Nottingham Forest on November 10th. The Club is proud of its close connections with the Armed Forces and have also invited members of the Armed Forces to join our remembrance at the Middlesbrough fixture.

“However, we recognise that the Poppy means different things to different individuals and communities and (like the Royal British Legion) do not believe that anybody should be forced or even pressured to wear the Poppy against their free will. James has informed us that he will not be wearing a Remembrance Day Poppy in our next two games. We respect his decision and his right to follow his own convictions.”

James or the Club will not be making any further comment on the matter.

 

Since the statement came out, fans took to Twitter to give their reaction, some were in support of the player, others not so, take a look at what they’re saying on the next page.

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