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Police launch investigation after Sunderland player abused on Twitter

James McLean was criticised for not wearing the Remembrance Day shirt like the rest of this team Credit: ITV

Northumbria Police have launched an investigation after a complaint about threats made on the social networking site, Twitter, against a Sunderland footballer.

It is thought that the comments were aimed at James McClean who chose not to wear a special Remembrance Day shirt with an embroidered poppy at the game against Everton last weekend.