Monday 19 November 2018

Don Mullan: 'McClean deserves support in conscientious stance on poppy'

James McClean. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
James McClean. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Don Mullan

For seven years, a vocal minority of Premier League and Championship fans have subjected James McClean to annual abuse around the Armistice Day commemorations over his decision not wear the Royal British Legion poppy.

Whether one agrees with him or not, his right to opt out of wearing the poppy based on his beliefs and conscience should not only be respected but defended.

The poppy is a symbol adopted by the Royal British Legion to honour the fallen of all British military campaigns.

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