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Wednesday 28 September 2016

West Brom fan comes up with priceless 'God save James McClean' chant

Published 20/07/2015 | 02:30

The Republic of Ireland international James McClean during the national anthem
The Republic of Ireland international James McClean during the national anthem

James McClean has risked a fresh backlash from fans after refusing to acknowledge the English national anthem during West Brom's friendly against Charleston Battery in the United States.

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While the players from both sides lined up and turned towards the flags for the national anthems, McClean remained unmoved with his head bowed.

The Irish international, who also opted against wearing a remembrance poppy as it would "be a gesture of disrespect for the innocent people who lost their lives in the Troubles", drew a strong reaction on social media for the gesture.

The 27-time capped international, who moved to the Hawthorns from relegated Wigan last month in a £2.5m deal, played the full 90 minutes and was named man of the match by the club's website.

The Baggies won the game 2-1 thanks to goals from Saido Berahino and Brown Ideye.

James McClean was man of the match in the game and scored against Richmond last night.

One Baggies fan used the controversy to come up with a new chant for the Ireland winger. It could catch on.

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