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Stoke City's Irish star James McClean. Photo: PA

Stoke City's Irish star James McClean. Photo: PA

Stoke City's Irish star James McClean. Photo: PA

James McClean has questioned why his Ireland team-mates have not publicly supported him in the same way they have thrown their weight behind the Black Lives Matter campaign.

The Derryman raised the point in a Facebook post in which he condemned the racist social media abuse levelled at his international colleague David McGoldrick and Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, but again asked why anti-Irish comments have not received comparable scrutiny.

McClean's stance on not wearing a poppy has made him a target for fans and he did receive support from equality group Kick It Out and the English FA earlier this year, having called them out for ignoring his plight.

However, in the aftermath of the arrest of a 12-year-old boy for comments sent to Zaha and an attempt to identify a person who posted 'vile' messages to McGoldrick, McClean asked why there wasn't the same eagerness to track down those responsible for material sent his way.

The Stoke player was prompted to post after hearing a radio debate on Zaha and McGoldrick, stating it was horrendous and nobody should be subjected to it. But he added what left a sour taste was that he had "received more abuse than any other player during my nine years in England whether that be death threats, bullets sent in the post. This is not a cry for sympathy but one to ask, what is the difference?"

He added: "I have seen some of my fellow Irish team-mates post a black square in support of anti racism as well as post condemning the discrimination and AGAIN rightly so. Have I ever seen any of them ever post a public condemnation of the discrimination I get, which funnily enough is a discrimination against them also? That would be a no.

"Does one kind of discrimination hold a higher bearing over another act of discrimination?"

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