Republic of Ireland winger James McClean has said sorry for the Tweet he sent following Ireland’s last gasp come-from-behind win over Kazakhstan on Friday night.
The Derry man was enraged that he was not called from the substitute’s bench to help impact a performance which was going nowhere until the dying minutes.
Many will argue that the 23 year-old had a point, with three strikers playing on the wings during the course of the game. McClean’s point probably needed to be made in private however and he has apologized to the squad and manager for what he referred to as “stupid” and “disrespectful” comments.
Moments after Ireland had pipped 142nd world ranked Kazakhstan 2-1 in Astana on Friday night, McClean Tweeted: “Delighted as a fan we got the the win.. Personal level #fuming #fuckinjoke #embarrassing.”
McClean deleted the Tweet shortly afterwards, but at that stage it had already been Re-Tweeted more than 1,200 times.
Manger Giovanni Trapattoni has decided not to remove McClean from the squad as punishment for the Tweet, though senior players, including captain Robbie Keane said they were “disappointed” with the young man for his “ill advised” comments.
The Tweet has raised questions as to whether or not there is disharmony with the squad. Goalscorer and game savor Kevin Doyle rubbished those claims however, stating that the players were all firmly behind the Italian manager.