JAMES McClean has revealed he will persist with his decision to not wear a poppy, writes CHRIS YOUNG.
The Sunderland winger (pictured) caused a storm in the lead-up to Remembrance Sunday last November when he opted to wear a normal shirt for the Black Cats’ clash at Everton, rather than one embroidered with a poppy.
McClean received death threats on Twitter and attracted criticism from both Sunderland fans and the wider football fraternity.
But the 23-year-old insists it is a personal decision and one which will not change.
“People have their own opinions. They have their beliefs and I have mine,” McClean told the Irish press.
“I don’t regret it. Come next year, I’m going to do the same thing.
“I got a lot of flak from everybody, but I’ll say it again, it doesn’t bother me. Every year I’m not going to wear it, so I’ll take whatever comes.”
McClean was brought up on the Creggan Estate, in Derry, where six of the 14 murdered by British troops on Bloody Sunday hailed from.
After the Everton game, the Republic of Ireland international auctioned his shirt to raise money for the Crumlin Children’s Hospital, in Dublin.