The scar of the most hated footballer in England

The death of Queen Elizabeth II

James McClain was for years considered “the most hated player in England” by fans, due to his anti-British stances. Now marking a minute of silence in memory of the Queen, a gesture that did not go unnoticed.

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The death of Queen Elizabeth II

The ball has returned to rolling in British courts after an emergency fracture of death Queen Elizabeth. Nevertheless, ceremonies and gestures to commemorate the king continue in all squares, on the march towards the funeral and final farewell. Arm mourning, minutes of meditation, and portraits of the Queen slipping onto the big screens are the norm these days. However, there were also positions taken by those who wanted to send a strong signal, preferring to distance themselves from a certain type of “celebration”.

It is located around James McClain, who was previously referred to by his opposition supporters as “the most hated English footballer”. The 1989 Irish international winger currently serving in Wigan, was behaving a certain way during Queen Elizabeth’s minute of silence before the game against Huddersfield. On the other hand, the player was turning all eyes on him, precisely because the curiosity about his behavior was great in light of his personal history and choices that in the past have sparked an uproar of controversy.

In addition to his technical skills, McClain, who has lived most of his career in England and in the Premier League, has also occupied the scene for his behaviour. Despite being born in Northern Ireland, which he also represented wearing the Under 21 jersey, James then decided to defend the colors Republic of Ireland. A “Republican” position, then re-emphasized with a categorical decision when he emphatically expressed his desire not to wear the poppy symbol on his shirt like all hardcore footballers even in the Premier League, on Remembrance Day on November 11 dedicated to members of the British Armed Forces who were killed during World war.

McClain broke up with his friends

McClain broke up with his friends

McClain went his way and justified his decision for “personal” reasons on several occasions as well through a note posted on social media. After leaving Sunderland, overwhelmed by death threats and attacks from his fans, for what was considered disrespect towards England, the Wigan player was able to make it clear.

Born and raised in the city that witnessed the massacre of 14 civil rights protesters by the British military in 1972 (the famous “Bloody Sunday”), MacLean said he could not show “disrespect for the innocent who lost their lives in the unrest, and particularly on “Bloody Sunday””. In short, he did not feel like honoring the forces who indiscriminately killed peaceful protesters in their city.

At that point, McClain became the subject of insults and complaints by English fans in particular, on the occasion of each match. On the contrary, the supporters of Ireland chose him as their idol. Sometimes they went much further, as during the last European Championship, when the vulgar chorus “James MacLean Odia la faux **** a Regina“It caused a lot of discussion across the channel. In light of all of this, there was great anticipation for McClain’s position during the minute of reflection before the game between Wigan and Huddersfield, valid for the Championship or the Premier League.

The Irish winger wore a black armband with the rest of his teammates but walked away from them in a moment of silence. While the team in the all-black jersey embraced in one embrace in the middle of the field, McClain stood aside with his head bowed, not participating. Also this time on social media, controversy erupted between who wanted more respectful behavior, aligned with the club, and those who defended his choice in the name of freedom.