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Cheap Poppy comments part of a narrow agenda

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CHEAP, REPUGNANT COMMENTS ON THE POPPY PART OF A NARROW AGENDA
 
Commenting on recent comments from high profile footballers in relation to the poppy, UKIP Spokesman for Northern Ireland, Robert Hill said:
 

"I find it totally repugnant that certain publicity hungry footballers have tried to cheaply hijack the poppy as part of their transparent and narrow Republican agenda of attacking anything and everything they deem to be 'British.'


"These same footballers are happy to wear the blood-soaked Easter lilly, but they baulk at remembering those of all colours and creeds from around the world who died in warfare so that they could moan.

"No one should ever be forced to wear the poppy or anything else - but neither should they be intimidated into not wearing it, or lambasted for wearing it.

"The mainstream media either through ignorance or through wilfully  biased reporting have jumped on this, claiming there is no connection between football and the poppy - and the two should 'be kept separate."
 
Commenting further,
Robert added:
 
"The truth is that many football teams were left with hardly a team as whole groups of players signed up and headed for places like the Somme and other battlefields from which many failed to return. 
 
"Players and supporters know the history of their clubs and many are proud to remember the sacrifice of past players and staff.

"The poppy is a symbol of remembrance. It is not connected to any one country, religion, race or colour and it's disgraceful for anyone to abuse it in this way."