STOKE CITY have this morning issued a club statement to kick-off the Poppy season in earnest. The English Championship side has confirmed that Irish International winger – and Celtic supporter – James McClean will not wear a Poppy on his shirt for the forthcoming games against Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest.
Every year McLean’s principled stance on this matter results in him receiving dogs abuse from the Poppy Fascists, who fail to see the irony in their actions.
Here’s what the Stoke City statement says..
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 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 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.
Seems fair enough, but watch the Ibrox and Chelsea bigots pile in to abuse the Irishman. James, if you’re reading this, You’ll Never Walk Alone…
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) October 30, 2018
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