James McClean brands English FA ‘hypocrites’ and ‘cowards’ after suffering racial abuse
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James McClean brands English FA ‘hypocrites’ and ‘cowards’ after suffering racial abuse

Irish international James McClean has slammed the English FA as well as the anti-racism group Kick It Out for their handling, or lack thereof, of the racial abuse he suffered.

He compared it to the way both organisations sprung into quick and decisive action when Raheem Sterling was abused last year.

McClean described them as “a bunch of cowards” and “a bunch of hypocrites” for not dealing with the abuse, he says, he’s been dealing with for years.

“Do you want the god honest truth,” he told the Irish media on Wednesday.

“They’re a bunch of cowards, the footballing authorities. They’re a bunch of hypocrites.

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“Sterling’s getting ‘Sterling’s this and Sterling’s that’ and he’s getting awards. (Sterling received the Integrity and Impact award at a BT ceremony for his stance against racism.)

“What I get week-in, week-out, compared to what he’s got maybe one game, for the last seven or eight years, there hasn’t been a word.

This comes after the Stoke City winger revealed an abusive birthday card he received through the post - which he put up on Twitter.

Inside, the card read: “The Irish are a race of inbred, subhuman parasites. Bloody Sunday, Bloody good laugh. 13 nil to us. Ha, ha, ha, ha. Should have been 13,000 of you sub human b*****s”

Abuse like this is something McClean claims he deals with on a regular basis and the Derry-born midfielder is outraged that the authorities don’t treat it in the same way they have done for abuse of other players, namely Sterling.

“The only reason I put it (the photo of the card) up was to prove a point and I think I proved it right,” McClean said.

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Raheem Sterling receiving the Integrity and Impact award

“It’s that Kick It Out and the FA are a bunch of hypocrites

“There hasn’t been a peep, a single word or contact. I got a token gesture from Kick It Out after people highlighted it and went after them.

“Nothing will ever be done. I’m a white Irishman, to put it bluntly. That’s not high on the agenda in England.”