Anti-racism group Kick It Out confirms 'disgraceful' sectarian abuse of Irish footballer James McClean

Anti-racism group Kick It Out confirms 'disgraceful' sectarian abuse of Irish footballer James McClean

KICK IT OUT have confirmed that Stoke City international James McClean was subject to anti-Irish abuse during  his side's 0-0 draw with Millwall at the Bet365 stadium on Saturday.

The incident comes just a fortnight after Stoke's match against Huddersfield Town was briefly halted due to sectarian abuse being reportedly hurled at McClean.

The anti-racism body have said they've reported the incident to the FA.

"James McClean was once again subjected to disgraceful anti-Irish and sectarian abuse this weekend," Kick It Out said in a statement.

"We have informed The FA so they can investigate but we reiterate - the abuse he continues to receive is absolutely unacceptable and shames our game.

James McClean

"We have been in constant contact with Stoke City and James, as we continue to offer our full support.

"Greatest action must be taken by the authorities to safeguard his and his family's wellbeing, because the current situation cannot continue."

Earlier in the season, it was reported that McClean received similar anti-Irish abuse from Barnsley supporters during a Championship game, and following an investigation by the FA, Barnsley were charged.

In January, the match between Stoke and Huddersfield was paused while an announcement rang out inside the John Smith stadium, warning fans against "offensive behaviour".

Stoke City themselves have publicly condemned the discriminatory chants aimed at the Irish winger.

"There's no place for this in football stadiums, obviously there's no place for sectarianism or racism, abuse of players or supporters or anyone for that matter," Stoke boss Michael O'Neill told reporters earlier this month.

Huddersfield boss echoed O'Neill's statement, saying: "This is the year 2020 and there should be no place for sectarianism or racism in football".