The FA and Stoke City are investigating an Instagram post from Irish international winger James McClean in which he defended himself against fans who criticised him for not wearing a poppy on his shirt.
McClean who referred to a selection of the Stoke City fans as “uneducated cavemen” was abused by a section of the home support in the Potters’ 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Stoke Sentinel sports reporter Pete Smith outlined that the club are investigating the post and that they have received over 300 messages from fans about the incident.
In his piece, Smith quotes Angela Smith, chairwoman of Stoke fans’ council, outlining that she has already been asked to take up the issue with the club’s chief executive Tony Scholes.
She said: “I’ve already had two comments from supporters’ council members – and nearly 300 others from other fans – who want us to put it on the agenda for our next meeting and we will. We are democratic so we will see what the club say.
“My personal view is that when you are in a situation like he was at the end of the match, from opposition and home fans, perhaps it would have been better if he hadn’t posted what he then did on social media to make sure he inflame did not the situation.”
The former West Brom, Wigan and Sunderland man, however, hit back at the FA’s investigation with another powerful post questioning the reasoning behind it.
McClean seems to come under scrutiny in November every year and despite the club previously coming out in support of the Derry native’s decision not to wear the poppy it appears as though many of the Stoke fans do not share the same opinions.
The FA are also now reportedly set to investigate the post in which McClean calls himself a “proud fenian.”
The Ireland international has chosen to not wear a poppy during games for several years out of respect to the 14 people who were killed by British soldiers in Derry on Bloody Sunday in 1972.