James McClean is warned by FA over 'uneducated cavemen' tweet

James McClean is warned by FA over 'uneducated cavemen' tweet

McClean took on social media after a clash with both Middlesbrough and his own fans on Saturday - lambasting those in the stands he deems "uneducated cavemen" for criticising his decision.

It was reported this afternoon that the FA would be investigating McClean over his Instagram post at the weekend in which he quoted Bobby Sands and referred to fans abusing him as "uneducated cavemen".

For years now, James McClean has refused to wear a Remembrance Day poppy.

But the 29-year-old was angered by the fact that he was in the dock.

Earlier on Monday, McClean posted again on social media after learning about the FA probe into his actions, alleging that he - like Hibernian manager Neil Lennon who was hit by a coin during the Edinburgh derby - was being treated differently because he is an Irish Catholic.

They turn a blind eye and not a single word or condemnation of any sort. If it was a person's skin colour or anti-Muslim, someone's gender, there would be an uproar and it would be dealt with in a different manner.

McClean is sure to be on the agenda when Martin O'Neill today names his squad for the double-header with Northern Ireland and Denmark - although the player is suspended for the competitive game in Aarhus.

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"As a club we will be supporting the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal by wearing the poppy on our home shirt in the fixture against Middlesbrough on 3 November and on our away shirt in the fixture against Nottingham Forest on 10 November".

He referred to the 1999 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation bombing of Yugoslavia during the Kosovo war.

The FA are investigating me after Saturday's game, for what exactly?

"However, for me it is only a reminder of an attack that I felt personally as a young, frightened 12-year-old boy living in Sabac, as my country was devastated by the bombing of Serbia in 1999".

'I accept that but I would ask people to be respectful of the choice I have made, just as I'm respectful of people who do choose to wear a poppy'.

Responding to the backlash, the EFL Championship player shared a series of posts on his Instagram condemning his abusers and defending his right to not wear a poppy.

McClean explained his decision not to wear a poppy last week, saying: 'I know many people won't agree with my decision or even attempt to gain an understanding of why I don't wear a poppy.

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