COLEMAN WEARS POPPY JERSEY, BUT McCLEAN REFUSAL CAUSES STORM

first_imgSinn Féin has condemned those involved in what they have called a witch-hunt on social media sites against footballer James McClean for his decision not to wear a poppy when playing for his club Sunderland today.The player – from Derry – made the decision for the game with Everton not to wear the jersey.Donegal man Seamus Coleman, who played for Everton and who plays alongside McClean for the national side, did wear a jersey with a poppy on it. Derry SF spokesman Raymond McCartney said: “No person, in any walk of life, should be forced to wear any symbol. That includes the red poppy, symbol of the Royal British Legion. Neither should any disrespect be read into a person’s decision to wear such a symbol.“It appears that James McClean is now the subject of a witch-hunt on social media for his choice not to wear a poppy on his shirt when playing for Sunderland today.“This ‘poppy bullying’ culture raises its head at this time every year. We have seen attempts to make workplaces compulsory poppy wearing zones.“The BBC has been guilty of corporate ‘poppy bullying’ by refusing to allow presenters who choose not to wear a poppy to at this time of year to appear on screen. This is shameful. “The right of people not to feel intimidated into wearing a poppy must be recognised. That includes professional footballers. James McClean’s personal choice in this regard should be respected.” COLEMAN WEARS POPPY JERSEY, BUT McCLEAN REFUSAL CAUSES STORM was last modified: November 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL SINN FEIN CONDEMN ‘POPPY BULLIES BEHIND WITCH-HUNT’ ON SOCCER STAR McCLEANlast_img