Belfast Telegraph

James McClean: Sky Sports commentator Alan Parry accused of 'trolling' West Brom's new signing

It was a night to forget for Republic of Ireland international James McClean who was booed on his Premier League debut for West Brom on Monday night against Manchester City.

McClean was replaced by Claudio Yacob at half-time after a poor first half which saw Manchester City lead 2-0 at the break thanks to a brace of goals from Yaya Toure.

Every touch from McClean was greeted with boos and this is undoubtedly linked to his decision to turn away from the Union Jack during the British National Anthem before a West Brom pre-season friendly.

The winger, signed from Wigan this summer, has previously refused to wear a Remembrance Day poppy out of respect for people killed on Bloody Sunday - reasons for which he later explained in an open letter to supporters and the club.

McClean became embroiled in another political furore after tweeting his views on the Derry/Londonderry debate last month.

He tweeted: "Training finished, gym finished, Derry's getting its rightful name back, have a great day folks", followed by a smiley face.

Read more

West Brom 0-3 Manchester City: Man City make perfect start to the new season 

James McClean weighs into Derry name row 

It came after the proposal by Derry and Strabane Council to officially rename the Maiden City as Derry.

There was some negative reaction on social media on Monday night when Sky Sports commentator Alan Parry referred to McClean as 'the Northern Irishman from Londonderry'.

Belfast Telegraph Digital

Daily News Headlines Newsletter

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox.


From Belfast Telegraph