James McClean hits back at booers
Ireland winger James McClean has responded on Instagram to the section of fans who booed and sang “anti-Irish songs” during his sides match with Middlesborough.
McClean has become the centre of an annual debate about his decision not to wear a poppy.
The former West Brom and Derry City forward was booed onto the pitch on Saturday and was the target of projectiles during the game.
McClean and Stoke both issued statements last week saying that the Derry man would not be wearing a poppy.
“The Club is proud of its close connections with the Armed Forces and have also invited members of the Armed Forces to join our remembrance at the Middlesbrough fixture.
“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.
“James has informed us that he will not be wearing a Remembrance Day Poppy in our next two games. We respect his decision and his right to follow his own convictions.”
Writing on his Instagram after the game McClean began by quoting Bobby Sands
“They have nothing in their whole imperial arsenal that can break the spirit of one Irishman who doesn’t want to be broken.”
McClean then added “Your abuse, your throwing things, your booing, do your worst.. to the home fans that are actually educated and support me, thank yous.. to the section of uneducated cavemen in left hand corner of the boothen end stand that want to song their anti Irish song each game and call me a Fenian this and that.. I am a PROUD FENIAN no c@#t will ever change that, so sing away”