Some players from English Premier League clubs refuse to wear a bobby because of their nationalities. For example, James McLean does not wear a poppy-colored shirt because he was born and raised in the northern Irish city of Derry, which killed 6 people on Bloody Sunday in 1972.
Bloody Sunday events are one of the highlights of the Irish-British conflict, named after Royal Crown soldiers opened fire on 28 people in a peaceful protest march in March 1972.
McClellan’s objection to wearing the poppy is that it symbolizes all the soldiers killed in any war, meaning that it is not only for the victims of the First World War, and that those soldiers who were raised to hate the killing of 6 of his skin may also be lamented and imitated to them.
The 29-year-old has refused to wear the red robe throughout his career in the English Premier League, and so far he continues to reject him and will not wear Stoke City’s shirt in November in Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest.
“I know there are many people who do not like or do not understand why I do not wear a bobby,” McLean said. “I agree, but I ask people to respect my choice as I respect those who have chosen. Wearing a red poppy flower. ”
“We support the royal crown tradition by putting the Bobby on the team shirt in Middlesbrough on Nov. 3 and our second shirt against Nottingham Forest on Nov. 10.” Stoke said in a statement on the club’s official website.
“The club is proud of its strong relationship with the armed forces and has called some members of the army for our participation in the match in Boro.”
“However, we consider that the Bubi means different things for each individual or institution and for the royal crown, and hence we do not believe that we can force anyone to wear the red rose.”
“James informed us that he would not be wearing the poppy flower in the next two matches, and we respect his decision and his right to carry out his convictions,” the statement said.