James McClean hits back after Fianna Fail election candidate brands him 'divisive'
Republic of Ireland footballer James McClean has hit back at a Fianna Fail local election candidate who branded him "divisive" and said he was not a "top class sportsman".
Earlier this week candidate for Carrick on Shannon Fintan Cox took aim at McClean on Twitter, saying that while he was a hero to "so called republicans" he was not a top class sportsman and was "no hero".
Mr Cox, who runs two pharmacies in the Carrick area, said that McClean "alienates many fellow Irish men".
He compared McClean unfavourably to Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy who he said "is a superstar all Irish men can support".
In response to the comments Stoke City footballer McClean said that Mr Cox was an "embarrassment" like the party he represents.
He said that Mr Cox was a "small time unknown politician" and made reference to his personal apperance.
The footballer ended his response "up the shiners".
To so called republicans on this Island JamesMcclean is an Irish hero and a top class sports man,but in reality he’s not a top class sportsman and he’s no hero either as he’s divisive and alienates many fellow Irish men,whereas Rory Mc ilroy is superstar all Irish men can support— Fintan Cox (@fintancox) May 15, 2019
Mr Cox replied to McClean saying that he had "made my point for me".
McClean is an outspoken supporter of Sinn Fein and has been pictured with party representatives on many occasions in the past.
He has attracted controversy during his career for his refusal to wear a poppy on his shirt during remembrance commemorations, citing his background growing up in Londonderry and the actions of the British Army on Bloody Sunday.
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