Friday 20 July 2018

Video: Did Sky Sports commentator Alan Parry just have a dig at James McClean?

Manchester City's Bacary Sagna in action with West Brom's James McClean
Manchester City's Bacary Sagna in action with West Brom's James McClean Newsdesk Newsdesk

It was a night to forget for Republic of Ireland international James McClean who was booed on his Premier League debut for West Brom tonight against Manchester City.

McClean was replaced by Claudio Yacob at half-time after a poor first half which saw Manchester City lead 2-0 at the break thanks to a brace of goals from Yaya Toure.

Every touch from McClean was greeted with boos and this is undoubtedly linked to his decision to turn away from the Union Jack during the British National Anthem before a West Brom pre-season friendly.

The winger, signed from Wigan this summer, is from a republican background in Derry and has also refused to wear a Remembrance Day poppy out of respect for people killed on Bloody Sunday - reasons for which he later explained in an open letter to supporters and the club.

McClean became embroiled in another political furore after tweeting his views on the Derry/Londonderry debate last month.

He tweeted: "Training finished, gym finished, Derry's getting its rightful name back, have a great day folks", followed by a smiley face.

It came after the proposal by Derry and Strabane Council to officially rename the Maiden City as Derry.

There was some negative reaction on social media this evening when Sky Sports commentator Alan Parry referred to McClean as 'the Northern Irishman from Londonderry'.

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