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Barnsley given FA charge over McClean chants

By Damian Spellman

Barnsley have been charged by the Football Association in connection with allegations of sectarian abuse aimed at Stoke midfielder James McClean.

The charge relates to chants heard during the Sky Bet Championship clash between the sides at Oakwell on November 9, which the Potters won 4-2, in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday.

An FA statement said: "Barnsley FC have been charged with a breach of FA Rule E20.

"It is alleged that the club failed to ensure its spectators, and all persons purporting to be its supporters or followers, conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and refrained from using abusive and/or insulting words which included a reference, whether express or implied, to nationality and/or religion and/or beliefs, while attending an EFL Championship fixture against Stoke City FC on Saturday, November 9, 2019.

"Barnsley FC has until Friday, January 10, 2020 to respond."

The news came after the FA launched an investigation into allegations of discriminatory chanting aimed at McClean during the 5-2 win at Huddersfield on New Year's Day.

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