PFA statement condemns ‘vile abuse’ of James McClean

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The Professional Footballers’ Association has pledged its support to James McClean following the latest bout of sectarian abuse aimed at him while he was on club duty.

McClean was the victim of discriminatory chants from sections of the crowd during his team’s 5-2 win away to Huddersfield Town on New Year’s Day.

Huddersfield have launched an investigation into the abuse, which caused the game to be paused briefly when McClean raised the issue with referee James Linington.

The 30-year-old Derry native applauded when fans were warned that “offensive behaviour is affecting the game and will not be tolerated” by a tannoy announcement.

-Noah Harte