Sunderland have confirmed winger James McClean's decision not to wear a Remembrance Day poppy on his shirt was a personal one.
The Northern Ireland-born Republic of Ireland international was included in the team which started Saturday's 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat at Everton, but did not wear the same shirt as the rest of his team-mates. But the Black Cats have insisted the decision was McClean's alone.
A statement said: "As a club, SAFC wholeheartedly supports the Remembrance commemorations. It was James' personal choice not to wear a shirt on this occasion."
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