Were these the tweets that caused James McClean to quit Twitter?
Yesterday Irish international James McClean shut down his Twitter account in response to death threats and what he described as "dog's abuse" from Northern Ireland fans. He wasn't kidding.
Born in Derry, the 23-year-old Irish international had represented Northern Ireland in his youth, a fact which has not been forgotten by certain sections of Northern Ireland fans, particularly after his Euro 2012 call-up earlier this week.
Having received constant abuse from online trolls following Monday's squad announcement, McClean defiantly shot back a tweet at his critics, writing: "just worry about watchin ur own country at the euros... oh wait".
This remark riled up his detractors to such an extent that the midfielder shut down his account last night. Below are examples of just some of the worst abuse which was sent the Sunderland player's way this week:
Amid all that abuse, we're not sure if McClean managed to spot a light-hearted tweet from Everton's Shane Duffy, his fellow Derry native and occasional Ireland colleague: