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Stoke City move to address controversial incident

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Stoke City have concluded their investigation into James McClean’s social media post last week that branded a section of the Potters support ‘uneducated cavemen’.

The Derry-born winger came in for criticsm from both Stoke and Middlesbrough fans in the 0-0 draw last week after he opted to not have a poppy on his shirt for the clash.

McClean was confronted as he went off the pitch by Boro fans and also revealed on Instagram that he had been abused by his own supporters.

However, in that post, which used some extreme language, he was critical of a particular group of supporters at the bet365 Stadium.

And, the club today confirmed they had looked into his message and that the 29-year-old ‘has been dealt with under the terms of the Club’s disciplinary procedure‘.

As well as that, McClean had his own say on the matter:

Whilst, I do not believe it is appropriate for me to apologise to those fans who abused me, I do want to whole-heartedly apologise to the vast majority of Stoke City fans who although they may have different views to myself are decent and respectful.”

The Verdict

Whether you agree or disagree with McClean, he has outlined his stance on this matter time and time again over the years and most should be able to understand his perspective.

However, a lot clearly don’t and you can understand why he reacted with such an aggressive post on Instagram as he was subject to some serious abuse.

This statement is good from Stoke and the player and they will hope it now draws a line under the issue.

Thoughts, Stoke fans? Let us know in the comments below.

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