Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Our sportswriters say it better than you do, James McClean

James McClean
James McClean

The problem with Twitter is it allows the user to spout nonsense before thinking.

That is the charitable interpretation this newspaper will put on footballer James McClean's online rant against the Belfast Telegraph in which he accused us of sectarianism after we published an article looking back on the 20th anniversary of the infamous match at Windsor Park between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Readers would have had to go a very long way out of their way indeed to be offended by what was a 'down memory lane'-style article.

We do not intend to become involved in an unnecessary debate over McClean's words, which he quickly took down from his account, but there is a simple truth to consider.

That is the Belfast Telegraph stands against sectarianism in all walks of Northern Irish life. Our readers, and indeed journalists, come from both 'sides' of the community. Uniquely among Northern Irish newspapers our sports pages give substantial coverage to all games played here.

We have both the best Northern Irish gaelic games writer and his football counterpart sitting on our sports desk.

It is probably best we say no more about this outburst and let our journalism speak for us from now on.

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