Tuesday 20 August 2019

'No words needed' - James McClean is sent vile, hate-filled 'birthday card'

James McClean. Photo: SPORTSFILE
James McClean. Photo: SPORTSFILE
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Ireland and Stoke City winger James McClean has shared images of a hate-filled 'birthday card' he received from an anonymous sender.

McClean, who turned 30 on April 22, is a regular target of abuse from opposition fans over his refusal to wear a poppy on his shirt in matches played around Remembrance Day.

The Irish international took to Twitter today to share the content of the vile card he received with the message: 'No words needed'.

Some of the lines included: "What this country needs is someone called Hitler. He would have sorted this I.R.A in a month.

"You are a two faced hypocritical bastard. You don’t like this country and we don’t like you.

"It’s about time these gutless English managers stood up to you and tell you to get back to shithouse called Derry.

"The Irish are a race of inbred, subhuman parasites (who) breed like maggots."

In the past, McClean has called on the FA to do more to combat abuse aimed at players, including sectarian.

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