James McClean explains why other footballers won't take poppy stance
"It can be quite taxing.”
James McClean explains why other footballers have not followed his lead, and refused to wear the poppy on their jerseys as part of Remembrance month.
McClean famously refused to wear a jersey that had the poppy embroiled onto the kit, as he did not want to show support for the British army, after the events of Bloody Sunday in 1972 where innocent civilians were murdered in his hometown Derry.
The poppy is widely believed to show support for those who died in World War I and World War II, which many Irishmen and catholics died in also.
However, because the poppy is deemed to show support for all British soldiers, including those who were involved with The Troubles in the north of Ireland, McClean and other Irish people don't wear it.
This caused, and continues to cause, a yearly debate on whether the now Wrexham winger is right in maintaining this stance, and when speaking to Sky Sports news, he says that the attention it draws is why other players don't follow suit.
"I speak to a lot of people and I've had players say that they don't believe in wearing the poppy and they wouldn't wear it, but they just don't want to the hassle.