Derry born Irish international, James McClean, was forced to apologise and quit social network website Twitter after he used offensive language in a tweet after Republic of Ireland’s disappointing display in their 2-1 win over Kazakhstan on Friday.
The 23 year-old Sunderland player was named in the squad for the World Cup qualifying match by manager Giovanni Trapattoni but did not start against the Kazakhs, nor did he come on as substitute.
Ireland manager, Trapattoni, came in for serious criticism after the game with some sections of the media reporting that his position as boss could be under threat.
Clearly frustrated that he did not play, McClean took to Twitter moments after the game to show how annoyed he was.
“Delighted as a fan we got the win, but on a personal level. #f***ingjoke #embarrassing,” the tweet read.
The tweet was deleted soon after.
Trapattoni is aware of what McClean said and as a result, the Creggan Heights man could face a fine or could even be kicked out of the squad due to face Oman at Craven Cottage in London on Tuesday; a game McClean was likely to start.
Many Republic of Ireland fans gave their reaction to McClean’s message.
“James McClean is better than Simon Cox, he was right to go off it yesterday,” said one fan.
“Who does James McClean think he is? Two years ago he was sitting on the bench for Derry City, now he’s an international! Petulance,” tweeted another.
“James McClean leaves Twitter then. Desperately needs to mature by the time he comes back. Hopefully, have developed on the pitch by then too,” tweeted Ronan Morrissey from Waterford.
The former Derry City player took to Twitter yesterday afternoon to say sorry for Friday evening’s comments.
“I apologise for my tweet last night, it was stupid, disrespectful and I let my frustration get the better of me, which aint [sic] an excuse,” it read.
McClean then suspended his account with
the social networking site immediately after issuing the apology.
This is not the first time that McClean has fallen foul of his use of Twitter.
Earlier this year he suspended his account after engaging in online exchanges with users purporting to be Northern Ireland fans. McClean represented Northern Ireland at U21 level before declaring for the Republic of Ireland.