Wednesday 22 January 2020

McClean abuse 'shames game'

James McClean. Photo: Getty Images
James McClean. Photo: Getty Images

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Football's anti-racism body Kick It Out say the level of abuse being directed at James McClean by away fans cannot be allowed to continue.

Championship club Barnsley have been charged by the English FA over the abuse their fans directed at McClean when he played there with Stoke City last year. But the Derry native was on the receiving end of more abuse last weekend from away fans at the Stoke v Millwall game.

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And Kick It Out have warned that the situation McClean finds himself in is unsustainable.

"James McClean was once again subjected to disgraceful anti-Irish and sectarian abuse this weekend.

We have informed the FA so they can investigate but we reiterate: the abuse he continues to receive is absolutely unacceptable and shames our game," Kick It Out said.

"We have been in constant contact with Stoke City and James as we continue to offer our full support. Greater action must be taken by the authorities to safeguard his and his family's well-being because the current situation cannot continue."

McClean was also subjected to sustained anti-Irish abuse when he played for Stoke away to Huddersfield on New Year's Day.

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