Ireland boss Giovani Trapattoni: 'James McClean's poppy snub is his choice'

Trapattoni backs McClean's poppy snub
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Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni says that Sunderland winger James McClean shouldn't be condemned for refusing to wear a poppy over the weekend.

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni believes that Sunderland winger James McClean had the right to refuse to wear a poppy to commemorate Remembrance Sunday over the weekend.

The Premier League outfit decided to wear special edition shirts for their 2-1 defeat to Everton on Saturday but McClean decided against donning the emblem on his chest.

"This is his choice, the mentality, the habit," said Trapattoni. "I think it's a personal choice and obviously I will defend the player. Maybe it's not over until now, the situation with the Irish people, the north and south people."

McClean was brought up in Derry, which had six people killed in the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre.

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