James McClean: Sky Sports commentator accused of ‘trolling’ Derry footballer

Derry born Republic of Ireland international James McClean (left) and Sky Sports commentator, Alan Parry.
Derry born Republic of Ireland international James McClean (left) and Sky Sports commentator, Alan Parry.

Sky Sports commentator, Alan Parry, has been accused of ‘trolling’ Derry born footballer and Republic of Ireland international, James McClean.

It was during an English Premier League match between McClean’s new club, West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City that Parry made the following comment.

“McClean, the Northern Irish man from Londonderry,” said Parry.

McClean, who started the game, was booed by large sections of West Bromwich Albion fans and was substituted at half-time.

Former Derry City player, McClean, has never made any secret of his beliefs and as result has had to endure relentless abuse.

The 26 year-old footballer hit the headlines last month when he failed to face the same way his team mates during a rendition of ‘God Save the Queen’ before a pre-season friendly for West Bromwich Albion in the USA.

“Alan Parry should apologise for his provocative statement tonight. ‘McClean, the Northern Irishman from Londonderry’. A clear dig at McClean,” said football fan Frankie Harkin on Twitter.

“Has Alan Parry referred to Raheem Sterling as the Jamaican from Kingston yet?,” asked Limerick journalist, Alan Morrisey.

“Insidious #AlanParry can hang head in shame. Obnoxious trolling of #JamesMcClean, a member of Derry’s nationalist community,” Tweeted Daniel Collins.

Many football fans criticised Parry for his comment, describing it as “unprofessional” and “provocative” however others sided with the Liverpool born sports commentator.

“Everyone going menstrual about what Alan Parry said about James McLean... What’s wrong with him stating fact or did I miss something?,” asked Jason Connolly.