Sunderland winger James McClean refused to wear a shirt with the remembrance poppy sewn into it yesterday, as reported by the Daily Mail.

McClean, who has seen his first team place under major threat this season, felt he didn’t want to wear the shirt that was showing respect towards the thousands of people who have lost their lives in recent, and not so recent, wars that have occurred worldwide.

Despite being born and raised in Northern Ireland,  McClean switched allegiance to rivals Republic of Ireland for international football.

McClean refused to wear a shirt respecting the dead yesterday and requested that Sunderland find him one with no poppy.

‘As a club Sunderland AFC wholeheartedly supports the Remembrance Commemorations,” a Sunderland spokesperson wrote.

“It was James’ personal choice not to wear a shirt on this occasion.”

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  • D
    1 year ago

    James refused to wear a poppy out of respect of those murdered by British forces in his home town who were never brought to justice…for those who were murdered in there beds by members of the crowns armed forces! Will james be allowed to wear a black armband in remembrance to those who were killed on Bloody Sunday or an Easter lilly to remember those who died for Irish Freedom…I really dont think so! And to bring up him switching country is just pathetic..he gave his reasons which i dont understand how anyone can disagree with,would you play in front of supporters singing about and glorifying members of organisations that terrorised your community for decades and are still today! Well done James Mc Clean

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    • Ian Dunbar
      1 year ago

      Ah yes – those who fought for Irish Freedom. Neutral in the 2nd World War and cowardly bombers of women and children ever since. James McClean needs to be boo-ed endlessly at every game he plays from now on. Attention seeking thickhead.

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      • Eire go bráth
        1 year ago

        And why wouldn’t we be neautral, we could hardly side with madman Hitler or the colonialists who we had only a generation earlier managed to finally force out of (most of) Ireland. We had to stay out of WWII in the circumstances. And, what was WWII about anyway, defeating fascism I thought but you don’t seem to have any tolerance for a person who who may have an alternative view, based on a different life experience of the British Army, to yours. What’s that called I wonder? Also, FYI British security forces have murdered far more women and children in Ireland than Irish republicans of any hue ever did anywhere in the world.

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      • colly barr
        1 year ago

        are you trying to rewrite the history of ireland,maby someday you could look into the history of you royal family,and ask them why they changed their name to windsor and your king was a SUPPORTER of hitler,maby you will then understand why irish people of every generation rise up against the british ,ireland was neutral during the war because she was in no state to fight either king nor kaiser,and for you to that we have murdered women and children,then there is nothing so cowardly than siting in california controlling drones that rains death on pakistani women and children from 10 thousand miles away there real fucking heros arnt they,

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  • tony
    1 year ago

    why would he wear one??? hes not british, and its not his army. if anything the british army have caused nothing but hardship to the people of derry, if he had worn it it would have been highly hyopcritical of his own views so why would he?? load of fuss about nothing!

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    • don
      1 year ago

      He is quite happy to play for a British premier team and receive big money and live in a country that fought for his freedom. as well as for others if he feels that strong about it GO BACK TO IRELAND and stop there

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    • don
      1 year ago

      he is British he was born in part of britain where do you think Northern Ireland is you must be as thick as he is

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      • Marto
        1 year ago

        The clue is in, ‘ Ireland ‘, numbnuts.

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  • Scott.
    1 year ago

    Hypocracy …..i would have thought if Mr McLean held such views about our country why would he want to ply his trade here. If the men and women we remember today ( many from Mr McLeans adopted country also) did not lay down there lifes might i suggest he would not have an opinion today at all. Oh …and i bet he takes his wages in the “Queen`s shilling”….and not Euro`s.

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    • Eire go bráth
      1 year ago

      Scott you haven’t got a clue. What is McClean’s “adopted country”? Would it be the country that (like the vast majority of the citizens of Derry) he happens to have been a citizen of since birth i.e. Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the Irish Republic, Eire, call it what you want. If the German army occupied Sunderland would that make the citizens of Sunderland German???? I assume not.

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      • don
        1 year ago

        You are talking Crap

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  • Mark
    1 year ago

    The history of the Crown forces in Ireland is a disgrace. Why should he wear a poppy when he saw those same forces murder unarmed civilians across the land – nowhere more so than on the streets of Derry, his home town? I am English and I am embarrassed by the outrages committed British forces in Ireland.

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  • David
    1 year ago

    Hang your head in shame mr McLean fuck off back to Ireland play football there

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  • Kelvin Wilson
    1 year ago

    He can respect all those Irish murdered in whatever events. Can he do that by going back and playing football in his own country. While he is an ENGLISH premier league he should do what he is bloody well told.

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    • do
      1 year ago

      Why did ye bother fighting Hitler if thats your attitude? England just another part of nazi Germany is that what you want?

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  • Soulman!!!
    1 year ago

    Fenian views!!!!! Oh thats ok then Sunderland Football Club!?? Hang your head working for the British as you do. No Surrender.

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  • john
    1 year ago

    a disgrace to Britain and the ground he walks on,go back to Ireland.

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