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QPR promise to take action on McClean abuse


ABUSE: James McClean. Pic: Getty

ABUSE: James McClean. Pic: Getty

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ABUSE: James McClean. Pic: Getty

QPR have condemned the abuse directed towards Ireland international James McClean by a section of their fans at Saturday's Championship game at home to Stoke City.

And the London club have promised to identify the supporters who verbally abused the Derry-born winger.

McClean has, on an annual basis, been singled out by opposition fans for his refusal to wear a poppy on his jersey.

But a full eight months before the usual saga involving McClean, a section of QPR fans used last week's game to abuse the Derry native, as footage has emerged of Rangers supporters clearing shouting "where's your poppy" at the midfielder.

And the London club have vowed to take action.

"Queens Park Rangers Football Club is aware of a video circulating on social media showing a section of individuals abusing James McClean during our Championship fixture with Stoke City on Saturday 9th March," QPR said in a statement.

"The club wholly condemns such abuse and an internal investigation is now under way as we seek to identify those involved."

With just two wins from the last 13 games, QPR remain at the wrong end of the table and boss Steve McClaren is under pressure, but he had words of praise for Ireland U21 cap Mide Shodipo, who made his first appearance of the season in the 0-0 draw.

"I was delighted to see Mide come back from a long-term injury," said McClaren.

"He has been so unlucky, but in the last two or three weeks he has been exceptional. We had two wingers who were very exciting and provided crosses and created danger to the opposition."

Shodipo, who was born in Dublin but raised in England, has been capped at youth and U21 level by the Republic and the 21-year-old will hope for a strong finish to the season as QPR try to climb the table.