Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has revealed that James McClean has received death threats during the past month.
McClean drew widespread criticism for choosing not to wear a shirt featuring a Remembrance Day poppy during Sunderland's defeat to Everton last weekend.
O'Neill has since told reporters: "James will deal with it. It's to do with the issue of last week (not wearing a poppy). It's a free choice here in this world.
"James has lived with a lot of things, he's getting death threats now."
McClean was booed earlier today by a small section of Sunderland fans when was introduced as a second-half substitute during their 3-1 victory over Fulham.