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West Brom boss Tony Pulis: I respect James McClean's view

By Amanda Ferguson

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis says he respects James McClean's decision not to wear a poppy at Remembrance Sunday fixtures.

Londonderry-born McClean reiterated his position about not wearing a poppy in the club's matchday programme last weekend.

McClean explained he meant "no offence, no disrespect" but had "to stand by my principles."

"If the poppy was simply about World War One and Two victims alone, I'd wear it without a problem," he said in the interview.

"I would wear it every day of the year if that was the thing, but it doesn't, it stands for all the conflicts that Britain has been involved in. Because of the history where I come from in Derry, I cannot wear something that represents that."

Pulis said he respected the 26-year-old Creggan man's stance even though he didn't share the same view.

"The great thing about this country is that everyone has the chance to voice their own opinion," the Welshman said.

"Everybody is given that opportunity and that chance and that's why it's one of the greatest countries in the world. People do give you a chance to do and say what you believe in. I've no problems at all.

"It's not what I personally believe, but if that's what James believes, that's what he believes."

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