James McClean: Stoke-Ireland winger says abuse against him is ignored

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James McClean Fined By Stoke City For Social Media Post In March

Republic of Ireland player James McClean has criticized football authorities, his Irish teammates and the media for their reaction to the racist and sectarian abuse he has suffered.

McClean praised the support Wilfried Zaha and David McGoldrick received after experiencing racial abuse this week.

“(But what’s the difference?” Said the 31-year-old winger from Stoke City.

“I receive and have received more abuse than any other player during my nine years in England. ”

Man Derry has been a victim of online abuse throughout his career and has also received sectarian taunts from opposition fans about his refusal to wear a poppy during the annual commemoration period. autumn.

British soldiers killed civilian protesters in the hometown of McClean, Londonderry, in 1972, in what became known as Bloody Sunday.

In a lengthy article posted on Facebook on Monday, McClean said the lack of support he received left him with a “bitter taste” in his mouth.

McClean described the racist abuse against his fellow player in the Republic of Ireland, Sheffield United McGoldrick striker and Crystal Palace striker Zaha as “horrible” and something “no one should be subjected to”.

“Twelve year old boys are arrested for posting racial abuse online on Zaha, again rightly, has anyone ever been held responsible for mine?” No.

“Have I ever had my abuses condemned by the media? No! In fact, quite the contrary. The least thing I can do that offends anyone is brought out by them. “

James McClean claimed that none of his teammates in the Republic of Ireland have ever publicly condemned the sectarian abuse he receives

McClean criticizes Republicans teammates

McClean also targeted his teammates in the Republic of Ireland, asking if the discrimination he suffered was different from other racist abuse.

“I have seen some of my Irish teammates display a black square in favor of anti-racism as well as messages condemning discrimination, and again rightly so!

“Have I ever seen one of them post a public condemnation of the discrimination I get, which is funny enough also discrimination against them?” It would be a no!

“Does one type of discrimination have a higher impact on another act of discrimination?” ”

When asked for a reaction to McClean’s Facebook post, a Stoke City spokesperson told BBC Sport that there was “no comment at this point.”

In January, McClean congratulated the football authorities and the Staffordshire police for their responses at the time to sectarian abuse he had received in the previous months.

Two months later, McClean was fined two weeks by Stoke and agreed to delete his Instagram account after posting a photo of him wearing a hood in front of two children, with the caption “School Lesson” today – History ”with an emoji laugh.

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