James McClean has addressed the impact of sickening taunts he receives as he questioned media coverage throughout his career.
The Stoke City winger has been a controversial figure for much of his career, largely thanks to his stance on the Poppy Appeal.
He has not always helped himself with his recent Instagram post which saw him fined two weeks wages an example.
However, he also showed another side to his character by buying large amounts of medical equipment to aid the fight against coronavirus.
His views and actions have provoked taunts which started long before his instagram posts and he told Sky Sports they have an impact, especially when they are aimed at his family.
The Republic of Ireland international said: “Things like ‘I hope your kids get coronavirus and die’ or ‘It would be a laugh if your house burned down with your kids inside’.’
“There was someone online, who looked over 40, abusing my kids. Of course (it’s upsetting). Footballers are a free hit. It’s like it’s viewed as we earn this amount of money so we should just take it.
“I’ve got a good family around me and group of friends. They are the opinions that I value. Not everyone is going to like me especially if you go with the grain.
“It gets annoying when things like that (Instagram post) get all this coverage. When I breathe or look the wrong way there is an article. People get their perception from things like this.”