EXCLUSIVE: James McClean is once again making controversy over the court by depicting his home school’s ‘history lesson’ wearing a balaclava to mimic the IRA … after being criticized for refusing to wear a poppy
- James McClean shared a photo of himself with a balaclava on Instagram
- Two children were sitting in front of him and he captioned the picture: ‘History lesson’
- Republic of Ireland internationally added the ‘crying with laughter emojis’
- McClean has been criticized in the past for refusing to carry a memorial poppy
Irish international James McClean from Ireland is getting dressed by his club Stoke after posting a shocking photo of himself wearing a balaclava for his two children entitled ‘History Lesson’.
The controversial midfielder, who previously declined to wear a memorial poppy, added two ‘crying with laughter emojis’.
The image shared on an Instagram story with his 22,000 followers shows him sitting on a box with two young children sitting intently on the carpet in front of him.
James McClean posted his photo of himself wearing a black balaclava for his children
McClean, seen here with the same paw tattoo as in the Instagram post, received criticism online
McClean is not currently being punished, but Stoke reminds him of his responsibilities.
The Irish Republic of FA declined to comment on this matter.
The 30-year-old, who describes herself as a ‘proud Fenian’, was born and raised in Derry, Northern Ireland.
He refuses to wear the poppy because the symbol commemorates soldiers who died in war – not just soldiers who lost their lives in World War I and World War II.
He explained himself earlier and said, “If the poppy was only about the victims of World War I and World War II, I would carry it without a problem.
The 30-year-old has come under fire in the past for refusing to carry a memorial poppy
McClean seemed to imitate members of the IRA and endorsed the quick ‘history lesson’
“I would wear it every day of the year if it was, but it’s not. It represents all the conflicts Britain has been involved in. Because of the history I come from in Derry, I can’t wear anything that represents that. ‘
The former West Brom midfielder has been abused by the public due to his demeanor.
In response to chants aimed at him, McClean quoted IRA martyr Bobby Sands, who wrote, “They have nothing in their entire imperial arsenal that can break the mind of an Irishman who doesn’t want to be broken.”
Stoke must remind his player of his responsibilities after sharing the shocking picture
McClean grew up on Creggan’s estate, where six of the people who died on Bloody Sunday in 1972 came from.
The image of herself in a balaclava for children caused a lot of criticism online.
A Twitter user wrote that he “craves attention,” another said he “can no longer cry to take advantage of” and a third called on Stoke to punish him for the “violent image.”