Giovanni Trapattoni defends James McClean in poppy row

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Updated: November 12, 2012
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Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has come out in defence of James McClean’s decision not to wear the poppy for Sunderland’s defeat yesterday at home to Everton.

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McClean opted not to wear the shirt which was his right according to Premier league spokespersons, McClean grew up in the Creggan estate in Derry which had six people killed in the Bloody Sunday massacre of 1972.

Trapattoni defended McClean against criticism stating that the Sunderland man had the right to make his own decision.

“This is his choice, the mentality, the habit”, the Italian said.

“I think it’s a personal choice and obviously I’ll defend the player. Maybe it’s not over until now, the situation with the Irish people, the north and the south”.

Trap also suggested that McClean’s controversial decision could have been influenced by the boldness of youth.

“Players are young, they are kids. I am sure in five, ten years time, they become old, they have more experince in life and can think more about every situation”.

It is not yet known if McClean discussed his decision with manager Martin O’Neill, also of Derry, who did wear the poppy.

Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has come out in defence of James McClean’s decision not to wear the poppy for Sunderland’s defeat yesterday at home to Everton.

McClean opted not to wear the shirt which was his right according to Premier league spokespersons.

McClean grew up in the Creggan estate in Derry which had 6 people killed in the Bloody Sunday massacre of 1972. Trappatoni defended McClean against criticism stating that the Sunderland man had the right to make his own decision.

“This is his choice, the mentality, the habit”, the Italian said.

“I think it’s a personal choice and obviously I’ll defend the player. Maybe it’s not over until now, the situation with the Irish people, the north and the south”.

Trap suggested that McClean’s controversial decision could have been influenced by the boldness of youth.

“Players are young, they are kids. I am sure in 5/10 years time, they become old, they have more experince in life and can think more about every situation”.

It is not yet known if McClean discussed his decision with manager Martin O’Neill, also of Derry, who did wear the poppy.

2 Comments

  1. James Clancy

    11/12/2012 at 1:29 pm

    McClean was dead right not to wear the poppy. For those wondering why he didn’t wear the poppy, try Googling “British Army” and “Derry.”

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