James McClean has been disciplined by Stoke after he has named some of the unskilled cavemen of the club.
The outburst of McClean on Instagram came after he was verbally abused last weekend by some home supporters during the championship fight with Middlesbrough about his refusal to wear a poppy on Remembrance Day on his shirt.
A statement on the Stoke website read: Stoke City's research into James McClean's social media post after last Saturday's game against Middlesbrough ended and the player was treated according to the terms of the disciplinary procedure of the club. & # 39;
James McClean is disciplined after calling some of the cavemen of Stoke's fans
McClean was abused on Saturday by fans of Middlesbrough and Stoke because they did not have a poppy
McClean then responded to fans and then attacked abusers in raging posts on social media
James McClean has repeatedly been in the midst of controversy about his decision not to carry a poppy.
He was repeatedly booed by his own fans for his choice, with the first incident that took place in 2012 when his Sunderland side faced Everton.
He donated his shirt, signed, to auction for the benefit of the OLV hospital for sick children in Dublin.
In 2014 McClean wrote in Wigan a letter to the then owner Dave Whelan, in which he explained his reasons for abstinence and how he would wear a poppy if it only meant loss of life in the First and Second World War.
& # 39; For people from the north of Ireland, like myself, and especially those in Derry, scene of the Bloody Sunday massacre in 1972, the poppy has come to mean something completely different, & # 39; said McClean.
In a statement by himself to Stoke's supporters, McClean, an Irish Catholic who was constantly mistreated because of his poppy attitude, gave a qualified apology.
He said: & # 39; During last Saturday's game, some of our supporters threatened and abused me because of my religious beliefs and upbringing.
I am sure that no righteous person would consider it acceptable, but I acknowledge that I as a professional footballer, and therefore a role model, must tolerate it.
Although I do not believe it is appropriate that I apologize for those fans who have abused me, I would like to apologize to the vast majority of Stoke City fans who, although they may have different visions of myself, be decent and respectful.
I offer my sincere apologies for any violation I have caused them with my comments and placement on Instagram. & # 39;
Commenting on McClean's remarks at a press conference on Thursday, Stoke boss Gary Rowett told journalists: "I spoke to James about it. I think his reaction was out of frustration, but criticism of the minority of our fans is not the right way and we can not approve that.
& # 39; But if you understand the background of his beliefs and see that his family has received death threats, his wife and children have been constantly mistreated and you see that he has received things in the post, you understand why he responds; he is only a man. & # 39;
McClean has also issued a statement on his Instagram in which the uneducated cavemen of the fans are mentioned
On the Sunday after the 0-0 draw with Boro, McClean directed his anger at Stoke supporters who had booed him.
He wrote: & # 39; Your abuse, you throw things, you booing, do your worst. To the home fans who are actually trained and support me, thank you.
& # 39; To the section of uneducated cavemen in the left corner of the Boothen End booth who want to sing their anti-Irish song every game and call me a Phenian this and that … I am a PROUD FAN who does not ** * will make that change, so sing away. & # 39;
McClean comes from Derry in Northern Ireland and grew up in the Creggan estate where six of the people who had been killed on Bloody Sunday had lived. Bloody Sunday saw 28 unarmed civilians being shot by British soldiers in a peaceful protest march.
McClean also filed a FA investigation into his reaction to the abuse after the game