13 Aug 2022

James McClean suspended by Stoke City for alleged breach of Covid-19 guidelines

Derry man will miss the club's match this weekend

James McClean

James McClean has suspended by Stoke City.

James McClean has been suspended by Stoke City after an alleged breach of Covid-19 guidelines.

As a result, the Derry man will miss his side's Championship clash with Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

McClean posted a video to Instagram, which showed the Republic of Ireland international boxing with a trainer in a gym. 

England's current lockdown rules prohibit trips to private gyms as they aren't regarded as providing an essential service.

A statement on the official Stoke City website read: "Stoke City can confirm that James McClean has been suspended with immediate effect pending a disciplinary hearing into an alleged breach of Covid-19 regulations, namely training in a private gym.

"As a result of the suspension, McClean will not be available for selection for Saturday's game against Blackburn Rovers."

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