O'Neill: McClean has had death threats

  • Last Updated: November 18 2012, 19:41 GMT

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has confirmed winger James McClean has been the target of death threats.

McClean: Death threats via Twitter

The 23-year-old came in for criticism after opting not to sport a Remembrance Day poppy on his shirt during the Black Cats' 2-1 defeat at Everton last weekend.

James McClean

14. James McClean

Title Number
Appearances 15 (16)
Goals 5
Assists 2
Yellows 6
Reds 0
*Current Season

McClean was introduced by O'Neill as a second-half substitute in the 3-1 win at Fulham and received a mixed response from the travelling Sunderland supporters.

Following the victory O'Neill backed McClean to cope with a few jeers and revealed the Republic of Ireland international has also received death threats.

"James will deal with it (the booing). I think it is to do with the issue last week, it's a free choice in this world," he said.

"James has lived with a lot of things - he's getting death threats too now so that doesn't help."

It is understood that police are investigating the threats which were directed towards McClean on Twitter, although the player no longer uses the social networking site.

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