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Sunday 19 January 2020

FA charge Barnsley over abuse

James McClean. Photo: Sportsfile
James McClean. Photo: Sportsfile

The English FA have, finally, taken action against those who have directed sectarian abuse at Ireland man James McClean after they charged Barnsley FC.

McClean, who secured the support of the PFA in the wake of abuse he received while playing for Stoke away to Huddersfield on Wednesday, had previously complained about the lack of action taken by the FA over instances when he has received anti-Irish abuse at away games.

But the Derry man will be relived that the FA have charged Barnsley over incidents at Stoke's game there in November.

"It is alleged that the club failed to ensure its spectators, and all persons purporting to be its supporters or followers, conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and refrained from using abusive and/or insulting words which included a reference, whether express or implied, to nationality and/or religion and/or beliefs," an FA statement said in relation to the Barnsley-Stoke tie.

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