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Journalist calls out Sunderland fans for ‘abuse’ towards Wigan’s James McClean

Journalist calls out Sunderland fans for ‘abuse’ towards Wigan’s James McClean with the hosts coming back from 1-0 down to win 2-1.

Sectarian abuse was heard in the stands aimed towards the 33 year old Irishman with home fans praising Patrick Roberts for riling him up throughout the game.

Malc Dugdale said: “He had the man in knots, dishing out nutmegs time after time and skinning his defender at will. It was a pleasure to watch and a real indicarion of the qualify gap…”

Paul Kendrick wrote in a tweet: “Here’s the McClean abuse by the way… to ‘prove’ it happened… wasn’t even going to post it as a) it happens most places and b) nothing will ever get done by the authorities. That it’s now so widely accepted that it’s bound to happen is damning. #wafc”

Charlie Wyke had given Wigan the lead on the verge of the break, scoring his second goal since suffering a cardiac arrest last year.

Embleton got the scoreline level for the home side, before Cirkin netted the winner with 18 minutes left on the clock.

Sunderland go up to ninth, with Wigan slipping down to 13th in the Championship.

The hosts thought they had the lead in the 34th minute but Patrick Robert’s effort was cancelled out for offside.

Wigan went ahead on the stroke of half time, with Wyke sending in a stunning strike into the top corner from James McClean’s left-wing cross.

The home side went level on 54 minutes, with Embleton sweeping home from Cirkin who went from provider to goalscorer, heading home at the back post from Alex Pritchard’s quickly taken free-kick.

The Latics tried to get an equaliser, with their best chance falling to Will Keane, but he could only send his header over the crossbar and Sunderland held on to claim all three points.

Sunderland manager Tony Mowbray told BBC Radio Newcastle:

“I don’t want to sit here every week about officials but it seems to me that a lot of teams come here with a gameplan to quieten the crowd and slow the game down.

“When you play for a big club with a huge support teams will come and try to slow the game down and you just want a bit of help from the officials to hurry it up really early on.

“We talked at half-time about quickening it up and playing everything faster. I’m not interested in the possession stats, it’s how many shots and how many efforts at goal we have.

“You get more playing behind their midfield, not in front of them and we did that second half, scored a couple of goals and we looked a threat.”

Wigan manager Leam Richardson:

“First half we were very competitive and always looked a threat.

“We didn’t then deal with their second-half threat, they’ve got some very good players.

“We didn’t manage those moments, the goals come from our own goal kick and then a quick free-kick.

“In the second half we were nowhere near as good on the ball, but we did look a threat late on.”

This is what fans had to say as a journalist calls out Sunderland fans for ‘abuse’ towards Wigan’s James McClean…

@katealex4700: Disgusting abuse uneducated cowards

@ticsgalore: Last season @LaticsOfficial said they would stand with James and not tolerate the abuse he receives. Over 12 months later still nothing has been done. Come on @EFL stand up to this constant abuse like you would against racism #wafc

@JackHuntley1996: Patrick Roberts constantly made James McClean look like bambi on ice 😂😂

@samraine: Paddy tore him a new one

@joe_112233: He puts his controversial views out there and people respond. Love the outrage when he genuinely loves the stick he gets, one of those players who feeds off it

@RyanJac34389151: Megs McClean!! F**K the IRA 🔴⚪️

@kielawrence97: How dare they slander terrorists 🤬🤬🤬

@Owensara5: Could not have happened to a nicer bloke

@swainyFTM: Sunderland have more right then any club to give him shit, we brought him to England all supported him with his poppy decision at us, he leaves us and takes photos of fans to put on insta to slag fans and club off after we all supported him, why I hate him so fuck McClean

@baird_kieran: “nothing will ever get done by the authorities” for chanting fuck the IRA 😂😂😂😂😂

@RRFC_72: Nothing wrong with chanting fuck the ira

@jonny8686: I respect mcleans views although that post was real poor taste, I don’t however agree with us singing fuck the IRA, just think it’s pretty and should be left in the past where it belongs

@BrennanMatthew7: Double Standards some may say …….. #wafc #ireland

@Moody_Carole: Sort it #EFL

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