McClean dismisses ‘no hero’ tirade from Fianna Fáil man

James McClean has dismissed an attack by a Leitrim local election candidate in which he was branded ‘no hero’ and ‘not a top class sportsman’.

The Republic of Ireland and Stoke City winger came under fire in a bizarre Twitter tirade issued by one of Fianna Fáil’s candidates for Carrick-on-Shannon Fintan Cox.

Mr. Cox compared the Derry man unfavourably to the golfer Rory McIlroy, who, he said, “all Irishmen can support.”

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“To so called republicans on this Island James Mcclean is an Irish hero and a top class sports man but in reality he’s not a top class sportsman and he’s no hero either as he’s divisive and alienates many fellow Irish men, whereas Rory McIlroy is superstar [sic] all Irish men can support,” he tweeted.

The ex-Derry City man replied: “Fintan desperate for a reply, like his hairline and his party he’s just an embarrassment, small time unknown politician that can take his wee gremlin face for a s***e . Up the shiners [sic].”