“I have been more mistreated than any other player during my nine years in England”: James McClean strikes authorities, media and Irish teammates for lack of support after Wilfried Zaha and David McGoldrick shared racist messages online
- James McClean has revealed the ‘sour taste’ due to lack of public support
- The 31-year-old Irish winger has been abused for choosing not to wear the poppy
- McClean said that public support from black players who have experienced racist abuse has called him into question the response to abuse he receives
- He beat out the authorities, the media and his teammates for their silence
James McClean has expressed frustration at the lack of support from football authorities, the media and his teammates regarding abuse received following racist messages sent to Premier League stars Wilfried Zaha and David McGoldrick.
The 31-year-old Irish winger spent nine seasons in England refusing to wear the poppy during stints in Sunderland, Wigan Athletic, West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City.
McClean’s refusal to carry the poppy is due to his affinity for Derry and the role of the British Army in The Troubles. He has declared that he would wear the poppy if he was limited to honoring only the soldiers who died in the world wars and insisted that his position be one of peace, not for political reasons.
James McClean has been affected by a lack of support for abuse he received in England
Stoke’s winger (left) never wore the poppy during his nine-year stay in the country
The 31-year-old has received a torrent of abuse, including death threats, for his position and is regularly booed by opposition fans during matches.
And McClean has said he has had a “sour taste” about the treatment of fellow professionals who have received racist messages online. Over the weekend, authorities, media and fans gathered around Zaha and McGoldrick after the pair suffered racist abuse.
A 12-year-old from the West Midlands was arrested in connection with racist abuse against Crystal Palace star Zaha. McClean said the conviction for the “horrific” racist abuse was absolutely correct before discussing the public response to the abuse he received.
McClean, 31, refuses to wear the poppy because of his affinity with Derry and the role of the British army during The Troubles. He is booed regularly and is threatened with death for his position
McClean took to social media to express his frustration with the lack of support for himself
He turned out the authorities, the media and his Irish teammates for their silence
‘Driving back from training today as I listen to talkSport about the nasty racist comments made to Zaha and McGoldrick on social media this weekend, listening to their reaction of disgust at it and rightfully so because it’s terrible and no one should be subject to that and people should be held accountable for their words and actions, ‘he wrote on Facebook.
“What a sour taste [sic] in my mouth and not only this, but with everything else lately, I’ve received more abuse than [any] other player during my 9 years in England [sic] ie death threats, bullets sent to the post, birthday cards, letters, etc.! This is not a cry for sympathy, but to ask the question what is the difference?
12-year-old boys are arrested for reprisal online for racist abuse at Zaha, has anyone ever been held responsible for mines? No!
“Has media abuse ever been condemned? (Sky Sports, talkSport, newspapers) No! On the contrary, the least I do that offends anyone is emphasized by them. ‘
His post comes after Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha was racially abused this weekend
McClean then turned his attention to his teammates on his national team and their lack of support for him during his period in England.
“I’ve seen some of my fellow Irish teammates put a black square in support of anti-racism and condemned the discrimination, and rightly so!
“Have I ever seen one of them get a public condemnation of the discrimination I get, which, funnily enough, is discrimination against them? That would be a no!
Does one form of discrimination have a greater influence on another act of discrimination?
“I’d say I’m confused, but that’s the wrong word because confused means you don’t fully understand something, in this case it’s pretty obvious!
Sheffield United striker David McGoldrick (left) also suffered terrible abuse this week
“If you don’t stand for anything, you fall for something.”
All Premier League clubs have supported Black Lives Matter since the resumption of the league season after the coronavirus pandemic ended the football schedule.
Players have mastered, a gesture in support of anti-racism after George Floyd was killed for every game since the restart by a Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer who knelt on his neck.
Stoke City has been contacted for comment.