McClean's wife is frustrated about the abusive comments
10 years has passed after McClean refused to wear a poppy, but still people threaten him whenever they see him and his wife does not want their children to face such words when they go out.
Ten years of being threatened and receiving abusive comments on social media accounts have madeJames McClean
's wife watch her husband's matches in a state of frightfulness.
Almost 10 years ago, James McClean refused to wear a poppy and wrote an open letter and said:
"I am not a war monger, or anti-British, or a terrorist or any of the accusations levelled at me in the past. I am a peaceful guy, I believe everyone should live side by side, whatever their religious or political beliefs which I respect and ask for people to respect mine in return."
But not wearing a poppy has put the 31-year-old into long-period trouble with everyone writing comments with abusive language to him and threatening him to death.
His wife talked about the situation they are, as a family, in and said:
"We've been spat on, shouted at, nights out have been ruined by people making remarks towards him."
She also mentioned one time he was threatened:
"I even remember once someone threatened him saying there were taking a gun with them to a certain match and I can still remember watching that match in absolute fear on the TV."
's current concern is their children who are grown enough to understand the sayings especially when they are out of the home. She said:
"what we cannot accept is threatening our family home and our children's lives. They don't deserve this."
McClean also felt the need to take the time to talk about this issue on Instagram saying:
"Does being abused for being Irish and anti-Irish abuse acceptable? Is it not popular enough to be… spoke out about too?
"I have highlighted the abuse publicly on social media recently and the silence from everyone is deafening!"
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