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Humpty Dumpty 4:22 Tue Oct 30
James McClean - Stoke City
Stoke City's Republic of Ireland international James McClean will again not wear a Remembrance Day poppy on his shirt this year.

The 29-year-old did the same at his previous clubs - Sunderland, Wigan Athletic and West Bromwich Albion.

McClean is from Derry, where in 1972 British soldiers shot dead 13 civilian protestors during 'Bloody Sunday'.

The player said he knew many people would not agree with his decision, but asked for it to be respected.

In a statement on Tuesday, Championship club Stoke said their other players would have poppies on their shirts.

It added: "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 3 November and on our away shirt in the fixture against Nottingham Forest on 10 November.

"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."

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happygilmore 10:19 Wed Nov 7
Re: James McClean - Stoke City
Hoe many Man Utd & Man City players are wearing poppies tonight?

BRANDED 12:25 Wed Nov 7
Re: James McClean - Stoke City
Just cunts getting offended at every little thing. Stupid fuckers.

tnb 12:21 Wed Nov 7
Re: James McClean - Stoke City
Absolutely fucking spot on, Stain.

What does the poppy mean? Does it mean anything? Well it only does if the wearer has chosen to wear it (as I do, for the record).

The moment it becomes dictated by social pressure it ceases to mean anything at all. If someone chooses not to wear one then that is their right, as it is the right of others to criticise their decision if they wish. But this annual nonsense regarding McClean is pathetic.

Let's not get into a US situation whereby if you don't get an erection as soon as you spot a flag you are 'disrespecting the military'.

The Human Stain 5:07 Tue Nov 6
Re: James McClean - Stoke City
It should be a non story and would have been until the FA (or whichever silly fucker) made the clubs emblazon them on the shirts. Players' politics should be private unless they want it not to be. They shouldn't be put in this position. If I wear a poppy at work, its up to me. My employer shouldn't be making me.

joe royal 11:53 Tue Nov 6
Re: James McClean - Stoke City
17 would be a start .

BRANDED 9:27 Tue Nov 6
Re: James McClean - Stoke City
To what particular age?

stewie griffin 9:26 Tue Nov 6
Re: James McClean - Stoke City
Ooooh you're so edgy and cool branded


Grow up

BRANDED 9:22 Tue Nov 6
Re: James McClean - Stoke City
There's aphoto on the web of some British fucking Nazi with a poppy on. Absolute cunts.

Lertie Button 7:40 Tue Nov 6
Re: James McClean - Stoke City
The way professional football has apportioned the whole rememberance industry (for want of a better word) is bizarre, given that so few British players are involved. Of course they wouldn't have dared when the old soldiers were still alive, your average pampered footballer is complete antithesis of the men slaughtered in WW1

Leonard Hatred 2:51 Tue Nov 6
Re: James McClean - Stoke City
Imagine if the Germans had an equivalent of a poppy for their war dead.
Bearing in mind it's NOT meant to be a political thing, right? IE nothing to do with the rights or wrongs of what the conflicts were about...

Would it be unreasonable for a Polish Jew to not wear a "German poppy"?

collyrob 2:24 Tue Nov 6
Re: James McClean - Stoke City

arsene york-hunt 12:08 Tue Nov 6
Re: James McClean - Stoke City

Hahaha. Mate I honestly don’t give a fuck about religion.

yngwies Cat 12:22 Tue Nov 6
Re: James McClean - Stoke City
Bit borring this now

I couldn't give a shit if he sports one or not.

arsene york-hunt 12:08 Tue Nov 6
Re: James McClean - Stoke City
Collyrob is taking the same position as Anjem Choudhary. Not much difference really both fanatical religious bigots.

The Fonz 11:53 Mon Nov 5
Re: James McClean - Stoke City
At least he hasn't burned the poppy before like some other cunts in this country.

bruuuno 11:44 Mon Nov 5
Re: James McClean - Stoke City
Go and piss in the garden!

Hammer and Pickle 11:27 Mon Nov 5
Re: James McClean - Stoke City
Ever had your village bombed, bruuuu?

bruuuno 11:24 Mon Nov 5
Re: James McClean - Stoke City
Oh I got you now, cheers cough. Seems a bit soppy of him tbh, the Irish thing is a different story

Far Cough 10:50 Mon Nov 5
Re: James McClean - Stoke City
bruuuuuuno, he reckons his house or was it village, was bombed by NATO forces?

Jim C 10:38 Mon Nov 5
Re: James McClean - Stoke City
Surely it is a choice. I choose to wear one, I always have and I always will because it is important to me. He doesn't- so what!

You can gurantee that loads of people who are getting on their high horse about it do not wear one themsleves.

bruuuno 9:27 Mon Nov 5
Re: James McClean - Stoke City
Just read matics reason for not wearing one and don’t understand - is he saying he’s some sort of pacifist and doesn’t like remembering dead soldiers? Doesn’t make sense

Hammer and Pickle 9:16 Mon Nov 5
Re: James McClean - Stoke City
Sorry - jb

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