James McClean on PPE gestures, coronavirus abuse and “ridiculous” player requests | Football News


James McClean purchased and donated PPE to medical personnel under pressure in his hometown of Derry

James McClean purchased and donated PPE to medical personnel under pressure in his hometown of Derry

James McClean donated personal protective equipment to front line workers in his hometown of Derry and the winger in Stoke City urged authorities to do more for those at risk.

In a large interview with Sky Sports News, McClean spoke of:

  • Disagreement with health secretary Matt Hancock over the footballer’s responsibilities.
  • What it’s like to read insults from the coronavirus to your kids.
  • How his hood on social media was supposed to be a joke.

It was a grateful doctor at Altnagelvin Hospital who revealed that McClean had donated a kit to staff under pressure. This brought the international from the Republic of Ireland to be asked about his good deed, but for him it was about remembering where he came from.

“I was browsing Facebook and saw a message asking for help,” said McClean. “I just hit Google to see what I could get and I was lucky to find equipment. “

He immediately bought about 400 pairs of gloves, 100 face masks, protective visors, 10 hand sanitizers and over 100 gowns.

He added, “It won’t solve all the problems, but I hope it can solve them. This begs the question if I can go online why can’t the authorities provide enough equipment? “

This week, Matt Hancock used a daily coronavirus update to tell players to “play their part” by taking a pay cut. It drew criticism from Gary Neville and Andros Townsend.

“It’s ridiculous,” said McClean. “You have Matt Hancock saying we should take a pay cut. Nobody seems to like footballers.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock urged footballers to

Health Secretary Matt Hancock urged footballers to “play their part” during the coronavirus pandemic

“We also have a livelihood and people can make this decision the wrong way, but we are working hard for our money.

“Think about what players are paying for government tax. Football is a short career and we have to take care of our families when it’s over. I’ve seen players do big things out of their own pocket. “

As discussions continue for players to lower their wages, McClean has a story of spontaneous gestures ranging from helping to feed the homeless to the surprise of a football team with Down syndrome.

“There was never any question of advertising. I am a Derry boy, “he said. “We were not fortunate enough to have a lot of money growing up, so if I see someone in trouble, I take the position in which I am seriously.

“I like helping less fortunate people as much as possible. I was in a position where I was less fortunate. “

He has always been portrayed as a bit of a villain in English football, mainly around the poppy issue, and his reputation was again a topic of discussion recently when he posed for a photo in a hood pretending to take his children for a “history lesson”. Stoke fined McClean two weeks’ wages for what he described as the winger’s “inappropriate posting on social media”.

He said, “If I sat here and said I don’t regret things, I would be lying, but can I be abused and not be able to have fun?”

“It was supposed to be a light joke but I can understand why it didn’t work out well. People think I did a history lesson like that, but I didn’t. “

McClean Abused During Pandemic Crisis

McClean Abused During Pandemic Crisis

McClean’s brother Patrick, defender of the Irish Premiership Glentoran club, recently revealed the nature of the Stoke player’s abuse on social media.

McClean says the taunts, which occurred before his last posting on Instagram, can be upsetting.

He said, “Things like” I hope your kids get a coronavirus and die “or” It would be a laugh if your house burned down with your kids inside “.

“There was someone online, who looked over 40, who was mistreating my children. Of course (it’s overwhelming). Footballers are a free kick. It’s like we perceive that we are making that money, so we should just take it. “

“I have a good family around me and a group of friends. These are the opinions that I appreciate. Not everyone will like me especially if you go with the grain.

“It gets annoying when things like that (Instagram post) get all this coverage. When I breathe or look on the wrong side, there is an article. People get their perception of things like that. “

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