Stoke City midfielder James McClean has been fined two weeks’ wages by the club after posting an “inappropriate social media post” that showed himself wearing a balaclava while teaching his children a “history lesson” at home.
A statement from Stoke City read: “Stoke City can confirm that, following an internal disciplinary review, disciplinary action has been taken against James McClean for an inappropriate social media post.
“McClean has been fined two weeks’ wages by the Club and has also agreed to delete his Instagram account.
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“The player has expressed contrition and recognises that the post was ill advised and offensive.”
McLean also apologised for his actions, which triggered a fierce backlash on social media due to the connotations that a balaclava carries in relation to the Irish Republican Army (IRA).
McClean said: “I never wanted to cause any offence but I now realise that I did so and for that I apologise unreservedly. I have spoken to the club and will be deleting my Instagram account.”