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Kick It Out Condemns 'Disgraceful Anti-Irish And Sectarian Abuse' Of James McClean

Kick It Out Condemns 'Disgraceful Anti-Irish And Sectarian Abuse' Of James McClean

Kick It Out, English football’s equality and inclusion organisation, has condemned further abuse of James McClean over the weekend.

McClean featured for 80 minutes on Saturday as his Stoke side played out a scoreless draw at home to Millwall.

"James McClean was once again subjected to disgraceful anti-Irish and sectarian abuse this weekend," said Kick It Out in a statement.

We have informed The FA so they can investigate but we reiterate — the abuse he continues to receive is absolutely unacceptable and shames our game.

We have been in constant contact with Stoke City and James, as we continue to offer our full support. Greater action must be taken by the authorities to safeguard his and his family's wellbeing, because the current situation cannot continue.

McClean had already been the target of chants this season during games against Barnsley and Huddersfield. Barnsley were earlier this month charged with breaching FA rules.

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In a statement released on Friday, Stoke called the chants aimed at McClean a "hate crime" and added, "there is no place for it in society and the perpetrators should be held accountable".

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