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Gareth McAuley

There was no need for my old pal James McClean to enter racism row and I wish he hadn't

Gareth McAuley


 

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James McClean has been frustrated over the lack of support he has received for the abuse he has suffered (Martin Rickett/PA)

James McClean has been frustrated over the lack of support he has received for the abuse he has suffered (Martin Rickett/PA)

James McClean has been frustrated over the lack of support he has received for the abuse he has suffered (Martin Rickett/PA)

My old pal and West Brom team-mate James McClean had a point when he stated on social media last week that he is probably the most abused footballer in England.

I've played alongside James and heard the derogatory comments launched in his direction from the stands, never mind read the abuse dished out to him on the internet. It's disconcerting.

Yet this was not a time for James to bring himself into the conversation.