Sunderland Winger James McClean Refuses to Wear Poppy On Eve of Remembrance Sunday

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McClean refuses to wear poppy on eve of Remembrance Sunday as Sunderland suffer defeat

Controversial Sunderland winger James McClean refused to wear a poppy in the 2-1 defeat at Everton.

All Sunderland and Everton players wore the specially commissioned shirts featuring a poppy on the chest as part of the Remembrance Sunday commemoration.

Sunderland have been one of the leading clubs in acknowledging the annual event and were one of the first to commission the shirts and auction them for the Poppy Appeal.

But the Londonderry-born Republic of Ireland international asked to wear his usual shirt when he was recalled by Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill for today’s clash at Goodison.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

Sunderland quickly distanced themselves from McClean’s decision and have gave their full support to the appeal.

A club spokesman said: ‘As a club Sunderland AFC wholeheartedly supports the Remembrance Commemorations. It was James’ personal choice not to wear a shirt on this occasion.’

In contrast to McClean’s decision team-mate Connor Wickham – whose father is in the Army – posted a tweet in support of British troops and the annual campaign.

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