the scar of England’s most hated footballer

the scar of England’s most hated footballer
the scar of England’s most hated footballer
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Death of Queen Elizabeth II

James McClean has for years been considered by fans to be the “most hated player in England”, for his anti-British positions. Now on the occasion of the minute of silence to commemorate the Queen, a gesture that has not gone unnoticed.

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Death of Queen Elizabeth II

The ball has returned to roll in British stadiums after the forced break due to the death of the Queen Elizabeth. However, the commemorations and gestures to honor the memory of the sovereign continue on all the fields, in the march towards the funeral and her last farewell. Mourning on the arm, minutes of meditation, and images of the queen that slide on the maxi-screens, have become the norm in these days. However, there were also positions taken by those who wanted to send a strong signal, preferring to distance themselves from a certain type of “ceremonies”.

It is about James McClean, formerly referred to by opposing supporters as “England’s most hated footballer”. Currently serving at Wigan, the 1989 Irish international winger behaved in a particular way during the minute of silence for Queen Elizabeth before the match against Huddersfield. On the other hand, the player had all eyes on him, precisely because the curiosity about his behavior was great in the light of his personal history and his choices that in the past have raised a fuss of controversy.

In addition to his technical skills, McClean who has lived most of his career in England and in the Premier League, has conquered the scene for his behavior. Despite being born in Northern Ireland, which he also represented wearing the Under 21 jersey, James then decided to defend the colors of the Republic of Ireland. A “republican” position, then reaffirmed with decision when he peremptorily expressed his desire not to wear the poppy symbol on his jersey like all militant footballers even in the Premier League, on Remembrance day on 11 November dedicated to members of the armed forces British killed during the world war.

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McClean separated from his companions

McClean separated from his companions

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McClean went on his way and justified his decision made for “personal” reasons on several occasions also through a note published on social media. After leaving Sunderland, overwhelmed by death threats and attacks from his own fans, for what was considered a disrespect towards England, the Wigan player was able to clarify.

Born and raised in the city marked by the massacre of 14 civil rights protesters by the British army in 1972 (the famous “Bloody Sunday”), McClean said he could not show “disrespect for the innocent people who have lost life in the Troubles, and in particular precisely in the “bloody Sunday.” In short, he did not feel like paying homage to forces that indiscriminately killed peaceful protesters in their own city.

At that point McClean became the object of insults and complaints by the English fans in particular, on the occasion of every match. On the contrary, the supporters of Ireland have chosen him as their idol. Sometimes they too have gone much further, like during the last European championship, when the vulgar choir “James McClean hates the fucking queen“He caused a lot of discussion across the Channel. In light of all this, there was great anticipation for McClean’s attitude during the minute of meditation before the match between Wigan and Huddersfield, valid for the Championship or the English Serie B.

The Irish winger wore the black armband, along with the rest of his teammates but turned away from them at the moment of silence. While the entire black-jerseyed team hugged in a single embrace in the middle of the field, McClean stood aside with his head bowed, without participating. And also this time on social media the debate has been unleashed between who would have wanted a more respectful behavior, and in line with the club, and those who defended his choice in the name of freedom.


The article is in Italian

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