James McClean deletes Twitter account

Updated: May 9, 2012

Republic of Ireland international James McClean has deleted his Twitter account after becoming the victim of death threats following his inclusion in the Euro 2012 finals squad.

The 23-year-old Derry-born Sunderland winger was capped seven times for Northern Ireland at U21 level before declaring for the Republic.

McClean tweeted on Monday, after the announcement of the squad: “Absolutely honoured and couldn’t be happier to have been called up to represent my country at the Euros. No better feeling.”

His post was met with many messages of congratulations, but also some comments containing abuse and threats to kill.
A PSNI spokesperson said a formal complaint had not yet been received at this stage from the player by police in Northern Ireland or England. “We don’t discuss individual cases, however, if we receive information that a person’s life may be at risk we will inform them accordingly. We never ignore anything which may put an individual at risk.’’

A spokesman for the FAI expressed disappointment that McClean was forced to take such action, but agreed with the decision taken by the player: “It’s a pity it has come to this, but it is maybe in his best interests in the short term.”

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