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Friday 20 April 2018

O'Neill to act after McClean Tweet

James McClean in action against Latvia. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
James McClean in action against Latvia. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

MARTIN O'NEILL will speak to his Ireland players later today to underline his views about social media after James McClean became embroiled in yet another twitter controversy.

McClean was previously in trouble with the FAI, and his team-mates, for a tweet he sent out in frustration at being kept on the bench for the World Cup qualifier away to Kazakhstan. A subsequent tweet about the Wolfe Tones also got the Derry man in trouble.

Now McClean has done it again. In response to previous comments in the Belfast Telegraph about McClean, a former Northern Ireland U21 cap, declaring for the Republic, he tweeted: "belfast telegraph is nothing but a bitter sectarian paper you expect anything less by now" and also used the word "bigots" in relation to staff at the paper.

Last week, O'Neill bluntly stated his views on players and social media: "Just ban them! Simple," he said.

The FAI stated that O'Neill would use the two games against Latvia and Poland to review the issue. But the association had stated their intention of banning players from using twitter on match-days and O'Neill said he would consider a ban "if it's causing a problem".

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