Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
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FA could investigate James McClean comments

FA could investigate James McClean comments

McClean received a torrent of abuse from a section of Stoke support when leaving the field during his side's 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough on the weekend.

It was reported earlier that the FA were investigating McClean's comments - which again caused the Derry native to respond on Instagram - but the governing body have only issued him with a warning.

James McClean has hit out against the Football Association after it reportedly launched an investigation into the Stoke player for describing some of his own fans as "uneducated cavemen".

"Yet week in week out for the past 7 years I get constant sectarian abuse, death threats, objects being thrown, chanting which is heard loud and clear every week which my family, wife and kids have to listen too [sic], they turn a blind eye and not a single word of condemnation of any sort".

Stoke's James McClean has criticised the FA for investigating his Instagram post over not wearing a Remembrance poppy, accusing them of a double standard.

Taking to Instagram after the match, he quoted Irish activist Bobby Sands with the words: "They have nothing in their whole imperial arsenal that can break the spirit of one Irishman who doesn't want to be broken".

Gary Rowett, Stoke's manager, defended his player and accused away fans of using it as an opportunity to "goad somebody".

McClean added that the FA claimed there wasn't enough evidence when he reported an incident at Huddersfield last season.

'If it was a persons skin colour, of it was anti muslim, someones (sic) gender they would be an (sic) complete uproar and it would taking in a complete different way and dealt with in a different manner.

He was not the only player not to wear a poppy on his shirt at the weekend with Manchester United's Serbia worldwide Nemanja Matic also opting against doing so.

At the end of the game, away fans, some of whom were held back by stewards, jeered, derided and threw missiles at the Republic of Ireland worldwide as he left the pitch.

McClean is from Derry, a place where in 1972, British soldiers shot dead 13 civilian protestors during "Bloody Sunday".

"Whilst I have done so previously, on reflection I now don't feel it is right for me to wear the poppy on my shirt".

"I do not want to undermine the poppy as a symbol of pride within Britain or offend anyone".

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