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Republic of Ireland football star James McClean drops Twitter account after death threats

Football star James McClean deleted his Twitter account yesterday after death threats in the wake of his call-up to Euro 2012.

The Londonderry native has consistently highlighted the abuse he received on the social media site since his rise to prominence and his decision to pledge his international allegiance to the Republic and not Northern Ireland.

There were further instances on Monday when McClean revealed his delight at earning a slot in Giovanni Trapattoni's 23-man squad for the finals.

The Sunderland winger was told by one Twitter user — who subsequently deleted his account: “I'll make sure you get shot when you set foot back in god's country.”

No action has been taken about the tweets, but individuals have been prosecuted for comments made using Twitter.

In March, a student from Swansea was jailed for remarks he made about Fabrice Muamba in the aftermath of the Bolton's man near-death experience.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill, a Catholic from Kilrea who represented Northern Ireland, had warned McClean about Twitter.

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