"I'm a proud Fenian … this will never change": James McClean repulses Stoke fans who abused him for not poppying Middlesbrough
- Every year James McClean decides not to wear a poppy for Remembrance Day
- He was abused during the game on Saturday by Stoke and Middlesbrough fans
- Then he set out on Instagram and called the home fans' section "inexperienced cavemen."
- McClean cited Irish activist Bobby Sands in an explosive shout after the game
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James McClean made an explicit statement describing his own fans as "uneducated cavemen" after he was flogged for not wearing a poppy on Saturday night.
The Stoke midfielder decides to remember Remembrance Day every year because of his Irish Catholic background and received another strong response from followers.
The Potters drew 0-0 with Middlesbrough on Saturday night, and McClean was maltreated by a group of Stoke fans throughout the match before a furious confrontation with a section of the away support came after the final whistle.
James McClean once again decided not to wear a poppy for Remembrance Day on his Stoke shirt
The Irishman was confronted by part of the traveling Middlesbrough fans full time
After the match on Instagram, he quoted Irish activist Bobby Sands as saying, "They have nothing in their entire imperial arsenal that can break the mind of an Irishman who does not want to be broken."
Then he added, "Your abuse, your throwing, your booming, you do the worst … the really educated home fans and support me, thank you [sic],
"To the section of uneducated cavemen in the left corner of the Boothen final, who every time want to sing their anti-Irish song and call me a Fenian, this and that … I'm a PROUD FENIAN who will never change that, so sing . & # 39; away & # 39;
McClean's Instagram Riposte came after he had to be held back by stewards as he walked down the tunnel at the end of the game near the away fans.
McClean later rebuffed the statement from Instagram and described some fans as "uneducated cavemen."
He will not wear a poppy in Stoke's next game, not in Nottingham Forest
The Irish international is not the only footballer to refuse the red blooms of his jerseys this weekend. Nemanja Matic from Manchester United also does this.
The Old Trafford Club cited "personal reasons" for the decision, which was surprising as he had worn the poppy earlier this season.
United made no official comments, but insiders said it was a personal decision and a private matter the club respected.
Bournemouth marked their last home game before the Armistice Day on 11 November by playing the Last Post before kicking off on the field.
Nemanja Matic decided on Saturday to wear a poppy against Manchester United