Republic of Ireland international James McClean has been supported by the Professional Footballers' Association in England and want action to stamp out verbal abuse. 

McClean was playing for his club Stoke City when the game against Huddersfield Town was stopped as a PA announcement said "racist chanting is affecting the game and will not be tolerated".

Huddersfield are investigating discriminatory sectarian chants during the game.

The PFA are now set to hold talks with the Professional Game Match Official and the English Football League.

A PFA statement read: "James has been subjected to this type of vile abuse throughout his career, and he will be fully supported in the same way as any other individual who receives abuse based on their race, religion or nationality.

"The PFA have previously advised James to report sectarian chanting to match officials and we are satisfied that in this instance the protocol was enacted.

"However, this action in isolation is not sufficient. We welcome that Huddersfield have committed to a full investigation to identify offenders; we hope that the perpetrators will face further consequences from both within and outside the game."

The PFA will ask officials and the league governing body what can be done to stamp out such incidents.

They continued:  "As with other forms of discrimination, it has become clear that this type of abuse is on the rise and is becoming a weekly occurrence for James.

"We will be talking with PGMO and the EFL to ensure that match officials are vigilant to this type of chanting and hope to see future action taken proactively on James' behalf.

"There is no justification for this or any other type of abuse and the PFA stands fully beside every player who faces discrimination."