In the aftermath of Republic Of Ireland’s FIFA World Cup playoff defeat to Denmark at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday night, defender Cyrus Christie was subject to online racial abuse.
Christie played for Martin O’Neill’s side as they were defeated 5-1 by Denmark at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday night last.
The Middlesbrough defender was said to be in tears after reading the abuse on Twitter, which he then showed to a number of his Ireland teammates in the dressing room.
Speaking at the PFAI awards at the Marker Hotel in Dublin on Saturday night while he was presented with his award for the Overseas Player Of The Year, James McClean clarified his Instagram post the morning after Ireland’s loss to Denmark.
“Look, everybody watched the game and we all know it was poor but some of the comments afterwards went beyond football,” the West Bromwich Albion winger said according to The Times. “That’s what my Instagram post was about. One player in particular was told to go and play for Jamaica. Make of that what you want.
“It really upset him and he was in tears. My comments weren’t based on football, they were more personal. That’s for a player who has been a good servant to his country and it cut deep.”