Police in Northumbria are investigating a death threat made to Sunderland and Ireland winger James McClean by a man claiming to be a former British soldier.
The message left on twitter said accompanied by a picture of bullets said, “Poppy bullies’ death threats against James McClean! Too right he deserves to be shot dead + body dragged past the cenotaph!!”
McClean was booed by sections oof the crowd in Craven Cottage yesterday when he came off the bench in Sunderland’s 3-1 win over Fulham due to his decision to not wear a shirt with a poppy on it last weekend.
The man being investigated Cody Lachey is reported to have withdrawn his threat since, telling the Derry Journal, “I wanted him dead. But there’s no threat from me to James McClean now, although I can’t be held responsible for what other people may do.”
“I think he’s a fucking disgrace. I know I’ll end up in trouble and maybe in prison over this but I’m willing to go to court, that’s how strongly I feel.”
McClean has been criticised and abused heavily on Twitter since last weekend and has since closed his account.
The Derryman’s manager Michael O’Neill said that McClean decision not to wear the poppy should be respected.