Londonderry-born footballer James McClean has continued to feature in both the news and sport pages following his snubbing of the UK national anthem in the US last week.
He received a dressing down from his West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis over the incident in South Carolina – where he bowed his head and faced away from the flag – but risked further controversy by expressing his support for a Sinn Fein political initiative on Friday.
Despite being warned by Pulis to move away from the “stigma” of his anti-British gestures, McClean tweeted: “Training finished, gym finished, Derry’s officially getting its rightful name back, have a great day folks”.
The Republic of Ireland international was referring to a council motion calling for the ‘London’ prefix to be dropped.
McClean was also in the news, having had his luxury car damaged outside his family home in the Creggan area – and as the victim of a verbal assault during a match against Rotherham.
Aaron Sean Dalton, 28, of Moss Park in Londonderry was ordered to pay McClean £500 compensation, and given a suspended sentence for assaulting the player’s father, when he appeared before a court in the city.
Rotherham FC’s Kirk Broadfoot was handed a 10-match ban and fined £7,500 for verbally abusing McClean during a match in March this year.
Broadfoot, a former Rangers’ player, was also ordered by the FA to complete an education programme over the incident which has been reported as being sectarian in nature.