London: West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has rebuked controversial Irish midfielder James McClean for not respecting the British national anthem before a friendly match in the United States.
Before Albion`s game against Charleston Battery in South Carolina, both teams turned towards the national flags during the anthems, but McClean turned away and stood with head down.
He had previously caused a stir in 2012 when playing for Sunderland by refusing to wear a poppy on his shirt ahead of Remembrance Sunday.
McClean, who comes from a nationalist area of Northern Ireland, received death threats on twitter after that from a man claiming to be a former British solider.
Pulis told Albion`s website (www.wba.co.uk) on Tuesday, "I had a chat with him and explained what we do as a football club and the way we are and I think he’s fine with everything.
"He’s got to turn towards the flag like everybody else has and he recognises that.
"He thought he was OK to close his eyes and put his head down in respect of both anthems.
"Obviously there has been a stigma around him and he doesn’t need to start that up again.
"So hopefully we’ve nipped it in the bud and we can get on with our things and he can get on with his things."
Sri Lanka bans liquor for Pakistan ODI
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Colombo: Sri Lanka`s cricket authorities announced a ban on alcohol during Wednesday`s fourth one-day international between Pakistan and the hosts following a drunken riot at the venue on Sunday.
Sri Lanka Cricket said unruly behaviour will be dealt with severely as a response to crowd unrest that held up play for 30 minutes at the Premadasa stadium, delaying Pakistan`s victory to lead the five-match series 2-1.
Items banned according to a cricket board statement include hooters, liquor, glass bottles, sharp objects, lighters and boxes of matches.
"Any unruly behaviour by any spectator will be severely dealt with and may even be subject to eviction from the grounds," the statement added.
Police cleared two blocks of stands at the Premadasa stadium during a match played under lights after a drunken brawl led to pelting of stones into the outer field that threatened the safety of players.
However, the authorities decided to hold the fourth ODI at the same venue in Colombo after the authorities arrested four suspects and stepped up security in the area.
No players were hurt on Sunday but Sri Lanka`s sporting image suffered a blow with the local media blaming the authorities for not taking action to prevent the unprecedented clashes.
A dozen vehicles were damaged and several bystanders were also hurt.
However, Pakistan players and supporters declined to blame Sri Lankan authorities and fans at large for the disturbance, instead pointing the finger at a small group of spectators.