Barnsley fined £20,000 over McClean sectarian abuse

Republic of Ireland international James McClean has played for Sunderland, Wigan, West Bromwich Albion and Stoke

Barnsley have been fined £20,000 and told to implement an action plan after some of their fans directed sectarian abuse at Stoke’s James McClean.

The incident happened in a Championship game between the sides on 9 November.

Barnsley admitted failing to ensure their fans behaved in an orderly fashion and refrained from using abusive language.

The abuse was aimed at McClean because he does not wear a poppy on his shirt for games around Remembrance Day.

The Potters winger, 30, is from Derry, where in 1972 British soldiers shot civilian protestors during ‘Bloody Sunday’.

Barnsley will also have to pay the £2,250 costs associated with the Football Association’s Independent Regulatory Commission’s review.