James McClean brands Stoke fans ‘uneducated cavemen’ after abuse over poppy

first_img 1 BEST OF SORRY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Most Read In Football The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions McClean has not worn a poppy since moving to England tense gameday cracker “I accept that but I would ask people to be respectful of the choice I have made, just as I’m respectful of people who do choose to wear a poppy.”Despite asking for his decision to be respected, McClean was subjected to abuse on Saturday, and he blasted his critics in a foul-mouthed Instagram post.He wrote: “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 [email protected]#t will ever change that, so sing away.”The opening line of McClean’s post is a quote from Bobby Sands, who died on hunger strike in 1981 at HM Prison Maze.McClean, 29, was born in Derry, where British soldiers shot dead 13 civilian protesters during ‘Bloody Sunday’. The Saville Inquiry, made public in 2015, concluded that the 1972 kills were both ‘unjustified’ and ‘unjustifiable’. revealed RANKED center_img LATEST scrap Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update whoops James McClean will be investigated by Stoke City and the Football Association for comments he made on social media calling a section of the club’s support ‘uneducated cavemen’.McClean took to Instagram on Sunday after suffering abuse at the end of Stoke’s home draw with Middlesbrough over his decision to not wear a poppy.Objects were thrown at McClean from the away end, while the winger also blasted a section of Stoke’s own support who ‘sing their anti Irish song each game’.Last week, McClean issued a statement which confirmed he will not wear a poppy this year, having refused to do so since moving to English football in 2011.“I know many people won’t agree with my decision or even attempt to gain an understanding of why I don’t wear a poppy,” he wrote. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Stoke chiefs are aware of McClean’s post and will discuss it with him when he reports for training on Monday, while it will also be investigated by the Football Association.last_img read more

Unbeatens have tough road ahead to BCS championship

first_imgMONDAY’S release of the Bowl Championship Series standings has the national media abuzz with scenarios about how an unbeaten team can be left out of college football’s biggest game. But if past history is any indication, the biggest moves by unbeatens won’t come in the equation, but on the playing field. In the seven years of the BCS, only one team from a major conference — Auburn in 2004 — has finished without a loss and still missed the BCS-title game. With that in mind, here’s a look at the seven remaining unbeaten teams, their upcoming schedules and their chances of remaining unbeaten at season’s end. USC AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Toughest foe: vs. UCLA, Dec. 3. Last season, L.A.’s other team came within one possession of beating the Trojans. This year’s Bruins have already equaled last season’s win total and could have the swagger and confidence of a 10-0 record by the time they play USC. Potential slip-up: at Cal, Nov. 12. Forget Cal’s losses to UCLA and Oregon State. The Golden Bears still have two rushers with 100-yard potential, Jeff Tedford’s game plan and a recent mental edge over the Trojans. Likelihood of remaining unbeaten: Excellent Texas Toughest foe: vs. Texas Tech, Saturday. The Red Raiders have the most potent offense in the country, but that might not matter against the Longhorns’ squelching defense. Tech’s chances appear slim but higher than any of the other teams Vince Young and Co. have left. center_img Potential slip-up: Big 12 title game, Dec. 3, in Houston. This game has a history of upsets. But then the loser of this game has a history of advancing to the BCS title game, as well. Likelihood of remaining unbeaten: Excellent Georgia Toughest foe: SEC title game, Dec. 3, in Atlanta. Alabama, Auburn or LSU, whichever team emerges from the SEC West is going to be as tough a team as the Bulldogs will face. Potential slip-up: Auburn, Nov. 12. Georgia gets back-to-back ranked SEC foes in Florida and Auburn, separated only by a bye week. At least the Bulldogs get both at home. Likelihood of remaining unbeaten: Good Virginia Tech Toughest foe: vs. Miami, Nov. 5. The second of back-to-back home games against ranked teams could end the Hokies’ run. Miami has dominated every team it has played after opening the season with a loss to Florida State and has owned its series with Va. Tech. Potential slip-up: vs. Boston College, Oct. 27. Boston College is deceptively good, having run up a 6-1 record. And the Eagles have a storied past against highly touted teams. Likelihood of remaining unbeaten: Fair UCLA Toughest foe: at USC, Dec. 3. The Bruins have closed the gap in L.A., but they are still little brother to the Trojans dynasty. Potential slip-up: vs. Arizona State, Nov. 12. The Sun Devils provided scares for LSU and USC this year before falling in the fourth quarter. Will they be able to put together a complete game against a highly ranked team by season’s end? Likelihood of remaining unbeaten: Fair Alabama Toughest foe: vs. LSU, Nov. 12. Alabama has beaten Florida and a series of inferior opponents, most by large margins. But the Crimson Tide ends with two of the SEC’s elite, with the Tigers providing ‘Bama with its biggest test. Potential slip-up: at Auburn, Nov. 19. A week after playing LSU, the Crimson Tide rolls into the Iron Bowl against an Auburn team that has lost once since 2003. Likelihood of remaining unbeaten: Poor Texas Tech Toughest foe: at Texas, Saturday. Playing the No. 2 team in the country on the road will be no easy task, and Tech’s struggles in an eventual win at Nebraska should be reason for concern. Potential slip-up: Big 12 title game, Dec. 3, in Houston. If the Raiders get past the Longhorns and sweep through the rest of the season, they will still have to play the Big 12 North champion in an upset-friendly game. Likelihood of remaining unbeaten: Poor — Walter Hammerwold can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more