Sunderland’s James McClean shuts down Twitter account after IRA row

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SUNDERLAND star James McClean has closed down his Twitter account after tweeting about an IRA folk song.

The move comes after the Republic of Ireland international tweeted about ‘The Broad Black Brimmer’, by The Wolfe Tones, ahead of Sunderland’s game against West Bromwich Albion.

The song tells the story of a boy whose father is killed fighting for the IRA.

McClean tweeted: ‘On flight for the maras game. Only one thing for it — headphones in, Wolfe Tones on! What’s everyone’s fave song? Broad Black Brimmer edges mine.’

His post attracted criticism from Gregory Campbell, DUP MP for East Londonderry, who advised the 23-year-old to “stick to football”.

McClean has previously been abused on the social networking site after opting to play for the Republic of Ireland rather than Northern Ireland, and for his decision not to wear a Remembrance Day poppy on his shirt.

He also landed himself in hot water with international manager Giovanni Trapattoni after expressing his disgust at being left out of the team for the Republic’s World Cup qualifier in Kazakhstan in September, and later issued an apology to the 73-year-old Italian.

SAFC declined to comment.