James McClean has taken aim at football's authorities over the perceived lack of support he received after being subjected to 'more abuse than any other player'.
Stoke star McClean made the point in wake of the vile racist messages sent to Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha and Sheffield United's David McGoldrick on social media.
Zaha and McGoldrick have received support and solidarity from across the sport, with a 12-year-old boy arrested in the case of the Palace forward.
But McClean feels that level of support has not been reciprocated when he has received abuse over his refusal to wear the poppy throughout his career.
The 31-year-old Irish international was born in Derry and opts not to wear the symbol on his playing shirt during remembrance time due to the role of the British Army in The Troubles.
It has led to a torrent of abuse from fans who disagree with his stance, and he says the lack of support he has received from within football has left a "sour taste".
He wrote on social media: “Driving back from training today while listening to talkSport discussing the vile racist comments this weekend made towards Zaha and McGoldrick on social media, listening to their reaction of disgust at it – and rightly so for that matter because it is horrendous and nobody should be subjected to that and people need to be held responsible for their words and actions.
“What leaves a sour taste tho [sic] in my mouth, and not only this but with everything else of late, I have received more abuse than [any] other player during my 9 years in England wether [sic] that be, death threats, bullets sent in the post, birthday cards, letters etc! This is not a cry for sympathy but one to ask the question what is the difference?
“12-year-old boys get arrested for posting racial abuse online to Zaha, again rightly so, has anyone ever been held accountable for mine? No!
“Have I ever had any abuse condemned by the media? (Sky Sports, talkSport, newspapers) No! In fact quite the opposite, the slightest thing that I do that might cause offence to any one is highlighted by them.”
McClean then turned his attentions to some of his international teammates who he believes could have done more to support him.
He added: "I have seen some of my fellow Irish team mates post a black square in support of anti racism as well as post condemning the discrimination and AGAIN rightly so!
“Have I ever seen any of them ever post a public condemnation of the discrimination I get which funnily enough is a discrimination against them also? That would be a no!
“Does one kind of discrimination hold a higher bearing over another act of discrimination?
“I would say am confused but that's the wrong word because confused means not fully understanding something, in this case it's quite clear!
“If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything.”
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