James McClean, ‘the Northern Irishman from Londonderry’, at centre of new Twitter row

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James McClean is from Londonderry – sorry, Derry – and he’s very keen to let people know.

From tweeting about his home city’s rightful name to causing controversy by not singing ‘God Save the Queen’ for his English club, and even – gasp – not wearing a WWI commemorative poppy – McClean has always made his political stance clear.

Today, he finds himself at the centre of another social media row, and all he did was play football. Commentator Alan Parry was the one to kick things off, when he referred to McClean as “the Northern Irishman from Londonderry” during last night’s West Brom v Man City game.

While it’s possible veteran commentator Parry was simply reading the facts as he saw them from his notes, given McClean’s very public stance on the subject, the comment stuck out like a red poppy.

And twitter users were not happy at all.

For McClean’s part, the commentary about his performance was about right – he was substituted at half time.

The latest furore on social media follows McClean’s refusal to sing ‘God Save the Queen’ in July when his team played a South Carolina team – a rare international fixture for the premier league club.

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