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Report: Roy Keane Involved In Behind Scenes 'Altercation' With Irish Players

Report: Roy Keane Involved In Behind Scenes 'Altercation' With Irish Players
By Gavin Cooney

Roy Keane's passion has not been denuded by a step back from the front line of management, according to a report by Paul O'Hehir in today's Irish Mirror.

Speaking to the paper, Martin O'Neill confirmed that Keane was involved in a behind-the-scenes altercation with Jon Walters and Harry Arter ahead of June's friendly with the USA.

O'Neill says the situation has long since been defused and isn't the first one that has flared up in the Irish camp, but confirmed that Keane, Arter, and Walters briefly fell out.

In one of the particular arguments, the two lads - Roy and the particular player - were actually in agreement about the same thing but it took them time to realise it.

Roy has been a big supporter of Jon, for instance, as he is particularly close to one of the Burnley coaching staff and is always keeping Jon’s end up.

But I can’t say there wasn’t an altercation - absolutely.

Both Arter and Walters are expected to be included in the Irish squad for upcoming games against Wales in the Nations League and (another!) friendly away to Poland. In the Nations League, Ireland face Wales and Denmark away from home in a bid to earn promotion to the top division, improve seeding for the Euro 2020 qualifier draw and, perhaps most importantly, safeguard a backdoor to qualification for the Euros should the main pathway to the competition go awry.

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Although the Nations League games are classed as competitive - so any players capped will not be eligible to play for any other nation - the games are not protected for free-to-air TV.

Ireland's games will be live on Sky Sports, with TV3 (by then it will be known as Virgin Media) showing full, delayed coverage along with highlights.

[Mirror]

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