JAMES McCLEAN was viciously abused by QPR fans at the weekend over his stance of not wearing the poppy.
The Stoke star confronted the fans in the stand hammering him before being led away by team-mate Bruno Martins Indi at the end of the Championship clash.
Twitter James McClean confronted QPR supporters after they abused him for not wearing a poppy
McClean, 29, was called a “c***” and told that he was “f*****g wrong” for his stance in not wearing a poppy.
The Stoke man is a native of Derry, Northern Ireland, site of the 1972 Bloody Sunday tragedy in which 14 civilians were killed in clashes with the British Army.
He believes the poppy commemorates all British military activity, including the Bloody Sunday killings in his hometown.
The Republic of Ireland international, who joined Stoke in the summer, took the same decision at previous clubs Sunderland, Wigan and West Brom.
Twitter QPR fans were heard to call McClean a ‘c***’ and ‘f*****g wrong’ after the game
Alamy Live News James McClean, pictured in action during the game against QPR, refuses to wear the poppy as it celebrates British military activity
Justifying his decision back in 2014, he wrote: “If the poppy was simply about World War One and Two victims alone, I’d wear it without a problem.
“But for those in Derry, scene of the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre, the poppy has come to mean something very different.”
In November McClean was pelted with objects from the away end after Stoke’s home game against Middlesbrough.
He took to social media after the incident, where he had to be ushered down the tunnel by security.
And it appeared the 29-year-old Irishman blasted sections of the Stoke support too, who “sing their anti Irish song each game”.
The Derry man took to Instagram, fuming: “Your abuse, your throwing things, your booing, do your worst.
“To the home fans that are actually educated and support me, thank yous.
“To the section of uneducated cavemen in left hand corner of the boothen end stand that want to song their anti irish song each game and call me a fenian this and that.. i am a PROUD FENIAN no c@#t will ever change that, so sing away.”
James McClean targeted by thugs for refusal to wear poppy