Tony Pulis speaks to McClean after winger disrespects British anthem


West Brom winger James McClean caused furor across the Atlantic when he turned away from the flag during the British national anthem last week.

The Baggies were in Charleston to take on the Battery, and Irish-born McClean bowed his head and turned away when the song was played before kickoff.

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In the past, according to the BBC, the 26-year-old had refused to wear the Remembrance Day poppy on his shirt.

Manager Tony Pulis had a word with the Irishman, and it won’t happen again.


“We’ve got Northern Ireland lads in the squad and he’s been absolutely fantastic with them, and the way he’s mixed and integrated with the group has been brilliant.
“I’ve seen the pictures and he’s got to turn towards the flag like everybody else has and he recognises that.
“He thought he was OK to close his eyes and put his head down in respect of both anthems.
“The trouble is he’s got to face the flag.”
This is the sort of action that can brand a career. Consider former NBA point guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. If you remember him, is it because he’s one of the best free throw shooters of his era, or because refused to stand for the U.S. national anthem? Both? Cool, I like basketball, too.