Stoke City to hold internal discussions following James McClean incident

Footballer James McClean

Footballer James McClean

At the end of the game, away fans, some of whom were held back by stewards, jeered, derided and threw missiles at the Republic of Ireland worldwide as he left the pitch.

Regarding the mention of Neil Lennon in the Instagram post, the former Celtic manager recently said that that he "may reconsider" his position as Hibernian manager following an incident in which he was struck in the face by a coin in the closing moments of a recent derby against Hearts.

He wrote: "The FA are investigating me after Saturdays event, for what exactly?"

'Yet week in week out for the past 7 years I get constant sectarian abuse, death threats, objects being thrown, chanting which is heard loud and clear every week which my family, wife and kids have to listen too (sic), they turn a blind eye and not a single word of condemnation of any sort. Huddersfield away a year ago, while playing for West Brom, there was an incident with their fans which was on the game highlights. To the home fans that are actually educated and support me, thank you.

McClean was held back by stewards as he made his way for the tunnel following the stalemate, with angry Middlesbrough supporters being held back by police inside the ground.

Angela Smith, chairwoman of Stoke fans' council, has been asked to speak with chief executive Tony Scholes.

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"To the section of uneducated cavemen in left hand corner of the Boothen End stand that want to sing their anti-Irish song each game and call me a Fenian this and that".

"However, we recognise that the poppy means different things to different individuals and communities and (like the Royal British Legion) do not believe that anybody should be forced or even pressured to wear the poppy against their free will".

"My personal view is that when you are in a situation like he was at the end of the match, from opposition and home fans, perhaps it would have been better if he hadn't posted what he then did on social media to make sure he inflame did not the situation".

McLean is from Derry, Northern Ireland, where the Bloody Sunday massacre happened in 1972.

'If the poppy was simply about World War One and Two victims alone, I'd wear it without a problem, ' McClean said in 2014.

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