James McClean savages 'cavemen' who abused him for not wearing poppy


JAMES MCCLEAN has responded with anger to reports the FA is investigating his reaction to abuse from fans over his decision not to wear a Remembrance Day poppy on Saturday.

The FA are investigating me after Saturday's game, for what exactly?

"Yet week in week out for the past seven years I get constant sectarian abuse, death threats, objects being thrown, chanting which is heard loud and clear every week which my family, wife and kids have to listen too".

McClean, who has come under intense criticism for his refusal to wear a poppy on his jersey, began his instagram post with a quote from Bobby Sands, reading: "They have nothing in their whole imperial arsenal that can break the spirit of one Irishman who doesn't want to be broken".

McClean was abused by a section of his team's own supporters during their 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough on Saturday before an angry confrontation with a section of the away support after the final whistle.

The 29-year-old made a late appearance in the draw at the Bet365 Stadium and was subsequently abused as he made his way to the players' tunnel, with Middlesbrough fans seen booing and swearing at the winger as stewards attempted to push back the supporters.

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"To the home fans that are actually educated and support me, thank yous.to the section of uneducated cavemen in left hand corner of the boothen end stand that want to song their anti irish song each game and call me a fenian this and that. I am a PROUD FENIAN no c@#t will ever change that, so sing away".

Stoke's manager Gary Rowett has defended his player and accused away fans of goading him.

McClean explained his decision not to wear a poppy last week, saying: 'I know many people won't agree with my decision or even attempt to gain an understanding of why I don't wear a poppy.

McClean is from Derry, a place where in 1972, British soldiers shot dead 13 civilian protestors during "Bloody Sunday".

Matic said on Instagram: "I recognise fully why people wear poppies, I totally respect everyone's right to do so and I have total sympathy for anyone who has lost loved ones due to conflict".