West Bromwich manager Tony Pulis has warned James McClean over his behaviour after the winger appeared to turn his back on the British national anthem.
The midfielder, who also opts against wear a remembrance poppy as it would "be a gesture of disrespect for the innocent people who lost their lives in the Troubles", drew a strong reaction on social media for the gesture - he was branded "scum" and told to go "back to Ireland" if he hated England so much after turning his back ahead of West Brom's match against the Charelston Battery (around 3min 25sec on the below video).
The 26-year-old was spoken to by Pulis after the game and warned over his future conduct - he has reportedly agreed to tone down overtly anti-British gestures.
As well as the reaction on social media, McClean also faced calls to leave England from Northern Irish Democratic Ulster Unionist MP Gregory Campbell.
"He should reconsider who his paymasters are or move elsewhere so there isn't a problem," Mr Campbell told the Belfast Telegraph
"He needs to keep his head down and play football, but what he shouldn't do while earning money from the UK is set himself up as a controversial pseudo-political figure, which is what he's doing."
McClean, who only joined the Baggies a month ago, took to Twitter with a brief response, posting a link to a Europsort article title 'In Defence of James McClean.
He said: "I don't need to say anything or will I either".
I don't need to say anything or will i either but maybe people should have a read of this mans article http://t.co/iUuA3EcpR6— James McClean (@JamesMcC14) July 19, 2015
Working link http://t.co/wdIRjqNBAt— James McClean (@JamesMcC14) July 19, 2015
McClean opened the scoring as West Brom beat the Richmond Kickers 2-1 in their second pre-season game, Brown Ideye scoring a late winner.
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