Thursday 22 March 2018

Cats' McClean gets his claws into Magpies boss Pardew

NEW IRELAND cap James McClean has waded into the row which followed yesterday's contentious 1-1 Premier League draw between his Sunderland side and Newcastle United by calling Magpies manager Alan Pardew a "hypocrite".

McClean was one of eight players booked in the game -- the Black Cats also had captain Lee Cattermole sent off after the final whistle -- but at times the football was a sideshow to other events, with Martin O'Neill and Pardew involved in a war of words as Pardew denied a Sunderland claim that someone from the Magpies visited the referee's dressing room at half-time.

But McClean was also dragged into the row with his latest contribution on Twitter.

"Just heard pardews comments after the game is he being serious ? especially after his antics on the touchline during the game, #hypocrite" said McClean.

O'Neill may now have words with the Ireland international over his use of Twitter, as only last week the Sunderland boss said he was unhappy with the player's frequent comments on the site, especially McClean's Twitter reactions to criticisms from Northern Ireland fans of his decision to play for the Republic.

O'Neill's side almost pulled off a famous win as they defended a one goal lead, courtesy of a 34th-minute Nicklas Bendtner penalty, until injury time when Shola Ameobi equalised.

Pardew said after the game: "I didn't like the way it started with the first tackle, it was premeditated and I'm disappointed with that. (Lee) Cattermole would have gone off at any other time. That set the tone, it was more physical than anything else."

Asked about putting pressure on the referee at half-time, Pardew said: "That is completely untrue. None of our staff entered the referee's room. The game was a little bit unsavoury at times and we probably should have been more grown up about it. If we overstepped the mark, myself included, I apologise. We shake hands at the end and it's forgotten, at least in my case."

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