Stoke winger James McClean has quoted Irish republican Bobby Sands after being abused for refusing to wear a poppy on his shirt.
Sands was a leading member of the Provisional IRA and died in prison while on hunger strike in 1981.
McClean has made it very clear that his republican views mean that he will not wear a poppy, a symbol of those who died in the British armed forces.
He was subjected to abuse from Middlesbrough fans on Saturday when he left the pitch; he was even abused by some of his own supporters.
Just look at the intolerance and hatred on display all because James McClean refuses to wear a poppy. pic.twitter.com/SP8THxKWh8
— Crimes of Britain (@crimesofbrits) November 3, 2018
McClean responded on Instagram by quoting Sands, saying: “They have nothing in their whole imperial arsenal that can break the spirit of one Irishman who doesn’t want to be broken.”
He then went on to write: ‘Your abuse, your throwing things, your booing, do your worst… to the home fans that are actually educated and support me, thank you.
‘To the section of uneducated cavemen in the 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.’