West Brom football player, James McClean has refused to wear the poppy sparking anger from thousands of fans.
James McClean refuses to wear a poppy because it represents “all the conflicts that Britain has been involved in”.
He said: “If the poppy was simply about World War One and Two victims alone, I would wear it without a problem.
“I’d wear it every day of the year if that was the thing, but it doesn’t – it stands for all the conflicts that Britain has been involved in.
“Because of the history of where I come from in Derry, I cannot wear something that represents that.”
The player added: “I have no issue with people that do wear the poppy – I absolutely respect their right to do that.
“But I would hope that people respect my right to have a different opinion on it too.”
Manager, Tony Pulis said: “James has got a strong belief and that’s fine. Do I agree with it? Do you agree with it? We’ve got our own opinions.
“But that’s the way James is, and it doesn’t make him a bad person James has been through it before. If he wants to [wear a poppy], fine. If he doesn’t [want to], he doesn’t.”
It seems that Mr McClean does not think those who fought and died to defend the Falkland Islands should not be remembered as, in his eyes, only those lost in WW1 and WW2 are worth remembering.
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