McClean received death threats over poppy, says O'Neill
Sunderland's Irish international winger James McClean received death threats over his decision not to wear a poppy on his shirt last week, Black Cats manager Martin O'Neill has revealed.
McClean, right, was barracked by fans during yesterday's win at Fulham over his decision not to sport a poppy against Everton. "James will deal with it," O'Neill said. "It's probably to do with the issue of last week. It's a free choice in this world."
One former British solider wrote on Twitter this week that McClean "deserves to be shot dead + body dragged past the cenotaph". McClean is from Derry – close to the site of Bloody Sunday in 1972 – and comes from a nationalist background.
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