Barnsley charged in relation to abuse of Republic of Ireland international James McClean

James McClean Stoke

Barnsley have been charged by the FA following an investigation into allegations of sectarian abuse towards Stoke midfielder James McClean.

The FA says Barnsley failed to stop supporters from using “abusive and/or insulting words which included a reference, whether express or implied, to nationality and/or religion and/or beliefs” in the match on November 9, 2019.

Barnsley, who have until January 10 to respond, issued a statement that said: “Barnsley Football Club has a zero tolerance policy on any form of discrimination.

“As a club, we are saddened to have had this charge brought against us. Since the incident was first reported, as a club, we have been thoroughly investigating and we will continue to do so.

“Anybody found to be involved in any form of abusive behaviour when representing Barnsley Football Club will be banned from attending matches.

“We will await and respect the outcome of the FA’s charge against us before communicating further on this matter.”

McClean was also subject to sectarian chants during Stoke’s 5-2 win over Huddersfield on New Year’s Day, forcing the match to be temporarily halted.

There was a tannoy announcement in the second half of the game at the John Smith’s Stadium saying “racist chanting is affecting the game and will not be tolerated”.

However, it is understood the abuse Huddersfield are investigating is of a sectarian nature.

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