Tuesday 20 March 2018

Martin O'Neill to speak to players after James McClean becomes embroiled in Twitter row

James McClean, Republic of Ireland
James McClean, Republic of Ireland

Aidan Fitzmaurice in Poznan

MARTIN O'NEILL will speak to his Ireland players later today to underline his views about social media after James McClean became embroiled in yet another twitter controversy.

McClean was previously in trouble with the FAI, and his team-mates, for a tweet he sent out in frustration at being kept on the bench for the World Cup qualifier away to Kazakhstan and a subsequent tweet about the Wolfe Tones also got the Derry man in trouble.

Now McClean has done it again. In response to previous comments in the Belfast Telegraph about McClean, a former Northern Ireland U21 cap, declaring for the Republic, he tweeted: "belfast telegraph is nothing but a bitter sectarian paper you expect anything less by now" and also used the word "bigots" in relation to staff at the paper.

Last week, O'Neill bluntly stated his views on players and social media: "Just ban them! Simple," he said. The FAI stated that O'Neill would use the two games against Latvia and Poland to review the issue but the association had stated their intention of banning  players from using twitter on match-days and O'Neill said he would consider a bam "If it's causing a problem."

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