Lee Cattermole and Danny Graham confronted McClean, who played for Sunderland between 2011 and 2013, before McClean was taken away by team-mate Craig Gardner. Referee Martin Atkinson mentioned the incident in his official report, but did not see McClean’s initial clenched fist gesture to the Sunderland fans. The FA studied the video and decided to warn the Republic of Ireland international who had been jeered by the visiting fans during the game. They sung ‘f*** the IRA’ following his refusal to wear a Remembrance Day poppy on his shirt while playing for them against Everton in 2012. He claimed he was ‘hung out to dry’ by the club, insisting he was not allowed to tell his side, and finally explained his reasons in an open letter to then Wigan chairman Dave Whelan when playing for the Latics in November last year. McClean also refused to face the English flag while on West Brom’s American tour in the summer and was told by boss Tony Pulis he must show more respect. The 26-year-old has already confirmed he will not wear a poppy while playing for the Baggies next month. He told the club: “We are coming up to Remembrance Day and I won’t wear a poppy on my shirt when those games come around. People say that by not wearing a poppy, I’m being disrespectful, but they don’t ask why it is that I choose not to wear it.” Press Association The Baggies midfielder has escaped a fine or suspension while both clubs have been reminded of their responsibilities following the melee which was sparked by McClean’s actions. The ex-Sunderland midfielder appeared to taunt the travelling fans at the end of West Brom’s 1-0 Barclays Premier League win on Saturday, which sparked an angry reaction from the Black Cats’ players. The Football Association have issued West Brom’s James McClean with a formal warning after his celebration against Sunderland.
DELE ALLI claims the Kick It Out campaign is not doing enough to tackle racism in football.The Tottenham playmaker called for “more action” from authorities to rid the sport of racist behaviour from fans.1 Dele Alli claims the Kick It Out campaign is not doing enough to tackle racism in footballCredit: AP:Associated PressKick It Out, the anti- discrimination group, has run a high-profile initiative over the past 26 years.It is often seen at Prem grounds in the form of banners or T-shirts.Yet there have been several incidents this season where footballers have suffered vile abuse on the pitch — or via social media.And Dele, 23, told the OTRO YouTube channel: “With the whole racism issue in football, it definitely goes through ups and downs.“But it’s always there and I feel like every time it gets brought to light, it escalates again.“With the banners, I can see what they are trying to do. But it’s not really changed anything.“I feel like more action needs to happen to actually kick it out.”When it comes to VAR, Dele goes into today’s clash with Manchester City having already benefited from the technology.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesMost read in football THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsYet like most footballers, he is still coming to terms with the system.The Spurs ace added: “I like it, but don’t like it at the same time.“You don’t want to be embarrassed going over the top with your goal celebration — and then VAR rules it out. So it’s just confusing.”Watch the full video on OTRO’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com/otro. OTRO, the content studio and publisher, builds exclusive relationships with the world’s most inspiring and entertaining players.Mario Balotelli walks off pitch following racist abuse by Verona supporters