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Stoke has condemned the online abuse of the Republic of Ireland winger James McClean, stating that they “will continue to work with the authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice”

McClean and his wife have disclosed the full extent of the abuse they have been subjected to over the years in separate posts on social media

The abuse includes threats to set fire to her house “and burn everyone in it” while Erin McClean said she watched a match out of fear after someone threatened to bring a gun to the game

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A Stoke statement said: “Stoke City strongly condemns the heinous antisocial abuse that James McClean and his family continue to sadly experience

“The club would like to repeat its continued support for James, his wife Erin and their family

“There is no place in society for any form of discriminatory behavior, and we believe that anyone who finds it acceptable to subject people to such abuse should be held accountable for their actions

The Football Association of Ireland issued a statement Monday offering its support to McClean and his family and condemning the abuse

Jonathan Hill, FAI Chief Executive Officer, said: “In light of this latest incident, the association has reached out to James and assured him that the FAI will support him in any way they can”

Hill added, “The FAI continues to strive to protect all of our players from any form of abuse on a social media platform Abusing or threatening James or any other player based on nationality should not be done by society Unfortunately, such behavior is all too common on social media

“Just last week we commended English football’s stance on football abuse on all social media channels and we are looking at how best to adopt a similar stance”

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McClean, 31, posted a screenshot of a direct message he received on Instagram from a user that read, “Don’t let me set fire to your house and burn everyone in it””

Exposing the abuse, including spitting and screaming, Erin said, “I even remember someone threatening him to take a gun to a certain match and I can still remember that match in.” absolute fear of having seen the television ”

She added, “Not a day goes by without one of us not getting a message whether it’s a threat or telling us to get the f *** out of England”

Erin said she spoke “after nine years of constant abuse” as the couple’s three children were now at an age where they understood what was being said

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James McClean’s wife says not a day goes by without receiving abuse (Nigel French / PA)

She added, “Of course we tried as hard as we could to keep them away from anything, but there were times when we went shopping and there are people who comment on James in front of the kids.” >

“We can take the name and the rest, but what we cannot accept is the threat to our family home and the lives of our children. You don’t deserve this


“After nine years of constant abuse, why should we be okay and accept to receive these threats all the time?”

McClean has been selected for sectarian abuse in the past, having opted not to wear a poppy flower on his matchday shirt in recent years

He followed his message of the recent abuse and asked for more to prevent such attacks Social media companies are currently under pressure to take more stringent action against those who post threats

“I’m banging my head against a wall here, but look, I’ve been doing this for a long time anyway so another one doesn’t make a difference,” he wrote

“I publicly highlighted the abuse on social media recently and the silence of everyone is deafening! If you are offended when I say this, it may mean something to you ”

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