James McClean has taken to his official Instagram to respond to the ugly scenes at his Stoke side’s draw with Middlesborough.
The Irish international frequently finds himself under attack because of his decision to abstain from wearing a poppy on Remembrance Day in honour of the British military personnel to have been killed in the line of duty.
McClean refuses to do so because of the history of his hometown of Derry and in his Stoke side’s 0-0 draw against Middlesborough this weekend, he was booed on the pitch and reportedly targetted with projectiles
He issued a statement in response to the incident – and in particular, to one section of the crowd present.
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“They have nothing in their whole imperial arsenal that can break the spirit of one Irishman who doesn’t want to be broken.” 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 [email protected]#t will ever change that, so sing away 👌🏻🇮🇪