Following confirmation that James McClean was called up to the Republic of Ireland squad for the 2012 European Championships, the talented Sunderland player has been subjected to sectarian abuse via Twitter.
James McClean announced how happy he was about the call-up via Twitter, and received vile, sectarian abuse, which included death threats.
Racism and sectarianism are unacceptable in all aspects of society, including football, and Show Racism the Red Card will continue to campaign and educate against such behaviour. We work proactively with young people and adults to promote our anti-racism and anti-sectarianism messages and highlight the dangers of racism and sectarianism.
Amanda Peebles, Show Racism the Red Card said:
"Football can excite great passion but there should be no place for the type of abusive, sectarian comments which James McClean received via Twitter, such comments are totally unacceptable. Show Racism the Red Card condemns these comments and calls for an end to them."
Jack Ross, PFA Scotland said:
“PFA Scotland believes that the use of social media can provide positive benefits for both players and fans alike, and it is therefore extremely disappointing when a player is subjected to any form of abuse via these mediums. We fully support the Show Racism the Red Card and Show Bigotry the Red Card campaigns and their continued work in trying to eradicate such behaviours.”