James McClean sent abusive packages over poppy row, says Gary Rowett

first_imgJames McClean has received abusive packages at Stoke’s training ground amid his refusal to wear a poppy, manager Gary Rowett has confirmed.The Republic of Ireland international was subject to abuse from home and away fans during the Potters’ home draw with Middlesbrough last weekend. Rowett conceded he understands why McClean reacts the way he does McClean clashed with some Stoke fans last weekend over his refusal to wear a poppy The 29-year-old has spoken about receiving death threats in the past over the issue.And on McClean’s latest abuse, Rowett said: “He’s been sent stuff which I’ve seen.“You can understand in a way why he reacts. He’s only human.”McClean was warned by the Football Association for his use of an offensive word in an Instagram post in which he also called some Stoke fans “uneducated cavemen.” no dice Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card ADVICE REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow MONEY McClean has been offered support from the PFA Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move RANKED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? He has explained the reasons he does not wear a poppy and Stoke confirmed his stance had not changed.Rowett added: “When you have those beliefs you appreciate that it’s going to be a big situation at the weekend like that.“We spoke to James about it and I think his response was out of frustration, probably ill-judged.“Certainly criticising a minority of our fans is not the way to go and we spoke to him about that. We can’t condone that but I think when you understand the background to his beliefs and you see that his family have had death threats, you see that his wife and kids have had abuse constantly. REVEALED BEST OF Latest Football News Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 3 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions “We can’t condone certain parts of those actions but we can understand some parts of it because the abuse is pretty pretty bad. We will try to move forward. The club have spoken to James about it. It’s certainly not something that we want to condone.”Meanwhile, the Professional Footballers Association has said it is offering its support and assistance to McClean for “the unacceptable abuse he has received.”The PFA said: “The poppy symbol is an important recognition of the sacrifice so many made in the World Wars in the UK however it should always remain an individual’s choice whether or not to wear it.“There is no justification for the abuse he and his family have received for his beliefs and he should be supported in the same way as any other player who receives abuse based on his or her race.“We call upon the other stakeholders in football to recognise this and support an individual’s right to express his personal and religious beliefs without fear of threats and abuse.” 3 3last_img

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