James McClean claims he has received ‘more abuse than any other player’ and hits out at lack of support in light of Wilfried Zaha and David ......
July. 13, 2020
James McClean has hit out at a lack of support from footballing authorities, the media and his teammates related to abuse he’s received in the wake of racist messages sent to Premier League players Wilfried Zaha and David McGoldrick.
The winger, 31, has been playing football in England since 2011 and has received huge criticism for refusing to wear the poppy, due to his affinity to home town Derry in Northern Ireland, during stints at Sunderland, Wigan, West Brom and current club Stoke.
He has said he would wear the poppy if it was restricted to honouring only the soldiers who died in the World Wars and insists his stance is peaceful and not for political reasons.
The Republic of Ireland international has even received death threats for his position on the matter and is often booed by opposition fans during games.
McClean says he’s been left with a ‘sour taste’ over the treatment of fellow professionals who have received racist messages online.
At the weekend, the authorities, media and fans rallied around Zaha and McGoldrick after they received racist abuse online.
A 12-year-old from the West Midlands was arrested in connection with racially abusing the Crystal Palace winger.
And McClean believes the condemnation for the ‘horrendous’ racist abuse was absolutely right, before discussing the public response to the abuse he receives.
“Driving back from training today while listening to talkSPORT discussing the vile racist comments this weekend made towards Zaha and McGoldrick on social media, listening to their reaction of disgust at it and rightly so for that matter because it is horrendous and nobody should be subjected to that and people need to be held responsible for their words and actions,” the Irishman wrote on Facebook.
“What leaves a sour taste tho [sic] in my mouth and not only this but with everything else of late, I receive have received more abuse than [any] other player during my 9 years in England wether [sic] that be, death threats, bullets sent in the post, birthday cards, letters etc! This is not a cry for sympathy but one to ask the question what is the difference?
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“12-year-old boys get arrested for posting racial abuse online to Zaha again rightly so, has anyone ever been held accountable for mines? No!
“Have I ever had any abuse condemned by the media? (Sky Sports, talkSORT, newspapers) No! In fact quite the opposite, the slightest thing that I do that might cause offence to any one is highlighted by them.’
McClean then turned his attention to his team-mates from his national team, and their lack of support for him over the course of his spell in England.
“I have seen some of my fellow Irish team mates post a black square in support of anti racism as well as post condemning the discrimination and AGAIN rightly so!
“Have I ever seen any of them ever post a public condemnation of the discrimination I get which funnily enough is a discrimination against them also? That would be a no!
“Does one kind of discrimination hold a higher bearing over another act of discrimination?
“I would say am confused but that’s the wrong word because confused means not fully understanding something, in this case it’s quite clear!
“If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.”
All 20 clubs in the Premier League have united in support of the Black Lives Matter movement since the restart of the top-flight.
All players have taken the knee in respect to George Floyd, who was murdered by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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