Saturday 7 December 2019

'James is right about anti-Irish abuse' - McCarthy

Boss Mick McCarthy backed James McClean. Photo: Sportsfile
Boss Mick McCarthy backed James McClean. Photo: Sportsfile

Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has backed calls from James McClean for more action to be taken by football authorities in England over the anti-Irish abuse which the Stoke City player has received.

McClean said the Football Association and Kick It Out, the anti-racism body, were "a bunch of cowards" as they had not spoken up over the abuse which he has received, both online and in person at matches.

The Derry native has been a target for many football fans in England over his refusal to wear a Remembrance Day poppy.

His international boss said he saw McClean's comments and called for more action.

"I do think they should look at it. If he is being abused in that way, then it should be treated like any other form of racism or abuse," McCarthy said.

"It doesn't get treated the same way, absolutely not."

He joked that in his playing days, "I generally got most abuse from Irish journalists, which never bothered me that much", but he feels that social media has made the issue more relevant.


"I'm not on any social media platform, so the whole world might be abusing me and I'm not even going to know about it until someone comes up and says, 'guess what so and so said', or 'guess what they wrote'.

"I feel for James because it's a different era and he's on social media and they ought to be able to go on that without getting abuse," he added.

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