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FA warns McClean over social media post amid poppy abuse

FA warns McClean over social media post amid poppy abuse

Stoke's James McClean has criticised the FA for investigating his Instagram post over not wearing a Remembrance poppy, accusing them of a double standard.

McClean had confirmed earlier in the week he would not wear a poppy, a decision he has made every year - and been consistently abused for - since first moving to England to join Sunderland in 2011.

McClean who referred to a selection of the Stoke City fans as "uneducated cavemen" was abused by a section of the home support in the Potters' 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough on Saturday.

"They have nothing in their whole imperial arsenal that can break the spirit of one Irishman who doesn't want to be broken", McClean wrote, quoting Sands.

Stoke's James McClean has been warned by the Football Association for his use of an offensive word on social media but no further disciplinary action will be taken, the governing body has announced.

'Huddersfield away a year ago while playing West Brom where there was an incident which [sic] their fans which was on the game highlights, where the cameras clearly caught it yet the FA when complaint was made to them said there 'was not enough evidence.

"If it was a person's skin colour or if it was anti-Muslim, someone's gender, there would be an uproar and it would be taken in a completely different way and dealt with in a different manner".

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The 62-time capped Ireland winger also claimed the FA "turn a blind eye" to the years of abuse he received, suggesting he is targeted because he - like Neil Lennon in Scotland - is an Irish Catholic.

Republic of Ireland global McClean has previously explained why does not wear a poppy, and Stoke issued a statement before the game confirming his stance had not changed.

The bombing, which is believed to have killed between 489 and 528 civilians, was part of a Nato-led offensive during the Kosovo War.

Stoke City and Ireland winger, James McClean was subjected to abuse from supporters during Saturday's game for refusing to wear a poppy.

Matic, who did not wear a poppy during Manchester United's 2-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday, said he respected the right of people to wear poppies but revealed he would not be doing so this weekend.

"I hope everyone understands my reasons now that I have explained them and I can concentrate on helping the team in the games that lie ahead".


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