McClean in fresh Twitter storm over Tones tune

Republic of Ireland international James McClean has become embroiled in another Twitter controversy.

The Sunderland star revealed on the site that The Broad Black Brimmer by The Wolfe Tones is his favourite song.

The revelation prompted an angry response from Derry Democratic Unionist Party MP Gregory Campbell who claimed the lyrics are “openly pro IRA.”

Campbell said: “He has previously engaged in totally inappropriate Twitter exchanges with Northern Ireland fans, then he was the only player out of 22 on the pitch last November who declined to wear a poppy on his football top for Remembrance Day. As someone playing football at a professional level for Sunderland, McClean should be an example to young people.

“This song’s lyrics are openly pro IRA, which is steeped in a desire to use the gun and terrorism. Young people should be taught the folly of terrorism.”

But Derry-born McClean hit back, inevitably via Twitter, yesterday. He said: “Accordin to gregory campbell i shouldnt be allowed to listen to wolftones ha.. someone give greg a tissue and a big hug from me”.

Ironically McClean has only recently returned to Twitter following a series of spats and rows at club and international level.

Meanwhile, Rangers manager Ally McCoist believes the club’s supporters should be issued with a safe songsheet outlining just what chants are and are not acceptable.

The Ibrox faithful were criticised after they were caught on camera belting out a string of sectarian anthems during Saturday’s Irn-Bru Scottish Football League Third Division match at Berwick.

Club bosses even issued a statement half way through the Glasgow side‘s 3-1 win at Shielfield expressing their concern over the chants.

Broadcasters ESPN also made an on-air apology to viewers who were offended by the supporters’ actions as they screened the match live.

McCoist urged fans to “behave” while following the Gers but suggested it might help fans if they were told exactly what songs they were and were not allowed to sing.

He said: “If that eradicates the problem, then I’m all for it – absolutely all for it. Anything that would move us forward and eradicate that problem that we had at the weekend would be helpful. It might seem like a drastic measure but if it helps, then I don’t have a problem with it. In fact, I’d encourage it.”

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