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Sunderland boss O'Neill to deal with McClean Twitter outburst

James McClean's recent Twitter outburst regarding the Republic of Ireland will be looked at by his Sunderland boss, Martin O'Neill. McClean hit out at boss Giovanni Trapattoni's decision to leave him sitting on the bench during his country's 2-1 World Cup qualifier victory in Kazakhstan.

He has since issued a humble apology to both the 73-year-old Italian and the rest of the Republic squad, and closed down his Twitter account.

O'Neill said: "James has been acting rather strangely. It's good when the player not only wants to play, but he also wants to manage the team as well.

"James is rather young for that at the moment. I think Mr Trapattoni has got a couple of years on him and a couple of titles too in front of James, so I think he's entitled to pick the team.

"He has even admitted himself he has been rather foolish. He has taken himself off Twitter, apparently then he might have a situation with Facebook as well and about 14 other accounts that he has.

"He has a bit of a problem and we will have to rectify it. We can have a bit of a joke about it and laugh about it and think: 'Well, that's okay'."

Referring to his club's policy on such matters, he added: "He does know the rules - they were read to him, they were given to him, he was there that day - and not only that, some of his language was pretty poor and we will have to deal with that.

"Genuinely, we can have a laugh about it first of all, but now it's getting a bit ridiculous."

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