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'A Massive Issue' - Cliftonville Boss Slates Roy Carroll's Handshake Snub

'A Massive Issue' - Cliftonville Boss Slates Roy Carroll's Handshake Snub

The fall-out from Roy Carroll's decision not to participate in the pre-match handshake before Cliftonville and Linfield's fixture in the Danske Bank Premiership yesterday continues as Cliftonville boss Barry Gray has called on the Northern Irish goalkeeper to explain himself.

Prior to yesterday's tie, Carroll decided to stride past the line instead of engaging in the traditional pre-match handshake.

The act proved divisive online and several Cliftonville players took to Twitter in the aftermath of the game.

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Speaking on BBC Sport NI's Irish League Show, the Cliftonville manager suggested Carroll should be asked for an explanation and claimed it was a need to be "centre stage."

If he was in my team, I would have a massive issue with it. Only he can tell why he decided to do that. For me, it's a 'fair play' handshake. He's decided not to carry that out.

I don't run Linfield. I don't manage them. I'm not too worried what he does or what he doesn't do. He wants to be (in) the limelight. There were lot of instances yesterday where he got that.

SEE ALSO: Watch: Roy Carroll Snubs Cliftonville Handshakes Before Belfast Derby Game

Maurice Brosnan

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