ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP CLUB Huddersfield Town are investigating after sectarian abuse was directed at James McClean.
The Republic of Ireland winger was the victim of discriminatory chants from sections of the crowd while playing for Stoke City in a 5-2 win at Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium.
Yesterday’s game was paused momentarily in the second half when McClean, a 30-year-old native of Derry, reported the abuse to referee James Linington.
After Linington spoke to both managers, the PA warned fans that ”offensive behaviour is affecting the game and will not be tolerated” — an announcement which McClean applauded.
“James McClean is being encouraged to report abuse that he receives that’s of a sectarian nature to the match official,” Stoke City’s head of media and communications Fraser Nicholson explained after the game.
“He did it on [St Stephen’s Day] when he was subjected to it by Sheffield Wednesday fans and obviously felt the need to do it again.”