Championship outfit Stoke City have fined winger James McClean following his controversial Instagram post earlier this week.
Derry-born McClean has been fined two weeks’ wages and also agreed to delete his Instagram account following a post he made whilst in lockdown due to the coronavirus.
McClean, 30, “in an apparent attempt to be funny rather than offensive,” according to the Stoke Sentinel, shared a photo of his two young children looking up at him as he wore a balaclava synonymous with the IRA. It was titled: “Todays [sic] School lesson — History” and accompanied by laughing emojis.
The former West Brom star soon deleted the post, but not before it had provoked a reaction.
A club statement 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.
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“McClean has been fined two weeks’ wages by the club and has also agreed to delete his Instagram account.
“The player has expressed contrition and recognises that the post was ill advised and offensive.”
McClean, who has 65 caps for the Republic of Ireland, 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.”
The club and the player will be making no further comment on the matter.
McClean will not face action from the FA for the post.