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Ian Evatt speaks on James McClean incident as police ‘attack’ Bolton fans

Ian Evatt speaks on the much talked about James McClean incident as police allegedly attack Bolton Wanderers fans clash post-match.

Trotter boss Evatt claimed that the Latics should have been reduced to 10 men, feeling that McClean should have been handed a second yellow card for a foul on Dapo Afolayan just before the break, having given his team the lead in the 7th minute.

Bolton managed to get a leveller with full time approaching thanks to Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, but even though Evatt was happy with the way his side got back in the game after going one down, he felt they should have had a man advantage in the second half.

“I don’t see how it isn’t a yellow card,” he said about McClean’s challenge. “The whole stadium knew it, Dapo got there first and played the ball around James, and Dapo was going in towards goal. The linesman said the ball went out of play but it only did after three or four bounces and Dapo not running after it because he had been brought to the floor.

“It was a really disappointing decision because that really does put things in our favour but massive credit to our lads, we wrestled back the impetus after that first half an hour and we were outstanding.”

Evatt confronted the referee, Samuel Barrott, following the full time whistle, questioning why a second yellow card was handed out.

“His opinion was that it wasn’t his fault – that was the information he got from the linesman,” he added. “But the information was wrong. Everyone knew it was a yellow, and that’s that.”

Wigan boss Leam Richardson said the referee made the right call and insisted that he handled the game “extremely well”.

“I didn’t think there was a tackle in the game that deserved to make it an uneven game,” he told Wigan Today.

“I thought the referee and the officials managed the game extremely well. In my opinion, there was no need to send anybody off.”

Bolton fans were left laughing after seeing footage of James McClean walking away after the game on crutches.

Reporter Paul Kendrick @PKendrickWIG also wrote via Twitter: ‘Racism is not okay, not today or any day’ on the big screen as the away end chant about the IRA. Football in 2022.”

Fans suggested that Bolton Wanderers and the EFL ‘should be putting prompt statements out’ about what was sung.

It’s claimed that it was heard very loud and very clear on TV, and it was definitely not at all a ‘mindless minority’.

We were bound to see some trouble of sort, especially after what happened in this fixture seven months ago, which you can see HERE.


As can be seen above, James McClean went straight to social media to troll Bolton fans, writing: “4 points, 3 goals, fan base and manager on strings… I own Bolton”

He is known for trying to rattle people, mainly on Twitter, and even though Bolton got a goal back, and the fact the went off on crutches, it would seem he still left laughing at his side’s rivals.

His post, on Instagram story, will be shown for around 24 hours, before being deleted, with many supporters already aware of what he’s done.

After the game, trouble flared up, with one fan spotted in a video getting arrested outside the Wigan Wallgate train station.

There was also another clip uploaded, where police were adjudged to have hit out at fans when trying to get out of the ground.

As Ian Evatt speaks on the James McClean incident – social media users reacted to that, as well as police allegedly ‘attack’ Bolton fans post-match…

@APeet9: If its anything like the canal bridge it was the police causing all the trouble

@joeysmokey: That’s Bolton fans for you

@nevnan: Spoil it for true fans. Utter scum.

@DannyAinscough7: Couldn’t agree more paul BTW I’m a Wigan fan but chanting about a man calling him a sex offender when he’s probably got a wife and kids isn’t okay either. All nasty chanting needs stamping out

@glennking780: Also a section with “Charlie wyke on the floor” back end of 2nd half

@ndrewwafc: Let’s have it right. There is absolutely NO difference between Bolton fans calling James McClean a terrorist and any fan calling any Muslim footballer a terrorist. Neither acceptable but both treated VERY differently. Sort it out @fa

@JS121198: Bolton fans best memory of the season is James Mcclean getting a knee injury after putting 3 past them in 2 games including a 4-0 shagging at there own place. Still haven’t beat us for 7 years and won’t get the chance to for a very long time 🤣🤣🤣

@Bwfc12341: Hope James McClean is ok BTW 😃

@casso_9: More sectarian abuse for james Mcclean today won’t see that on @SkySportsNews …shocking

@bwfcmax2: HAHAHAHAHHAHAH HOPE JAMES MCCLEAN NEVER PLAYS FOOTBALL AGAIN. So happy to see him injured #bwfc #wafc

@WAFCNathan: Sometimes you’ve just got to put your hands up and say congratulations to Bolton Wanderers for their 11th place finish

@BindiJordan: Imagine being this pressed about a player🤣🤣

Johnny Miller New: Treated us like animals

Jamie Wynn: Typical GMP. One of the reasons I’ve stopped going sick of shit like that all the time

Betty Jane Sims: This why I didn’t take my kids 🙄

Ben Whittaker: Fucking joke this, police horses before the games charged at 3 teenagers as they walked past chanting to them

Kurtis Finley Turtington: Fxck the GMP 🐖 Greater Manchester Police

Barry Watson: Welcome to football. Treated like animals then they kick off wondering why we act like animals ACAB

Dave Arnfield: Fucking charge at them

Barry Watson: You’re new to football. I suspect 6 months ago when you saw this sort of thing you assumed it was the fans being unruly, you’d have used the term ‘hooligans’. Now you’ve been to a couple of away games it really doesnt take long to see how absolutely disgustingly football fans are treated by the police.

Lee Breen: Fuckin wankers no need you jobed up cunt coppers

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