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Roy Keane Brands Actions Of Wales' Ampadu Against Ireland As 'Disgraceful'

Roy Keane Brands Actions Of Wales' Ampadu Against Ireland As 'Disgraceful'
Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton
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Ireland's UEFA Nations League game against Wales yesterday was not one that was packed full of eventful incidents, but one of the more contentious moments came right on the half hour mark.

Darren Randolph came out to claim a Welsh corner, only to drop the ball. When he then attempted to clear it, it appeared as though his hand made contact with the head of Wales player Ethan Ampadu.

It looked as though it could have been a penalty but the referee instead awarded a free-kick to the goalkeeper. Upon closer inspection it looked as though Amapadu went down rather easily.


It's fair to say there wasn't a whole lot in it. Ampadu's reaction made it seem as though he was seriously hurt, something that didn't go down too well with some people.


Roy Keane was appearing on ITV at the time when he was shown the incident and he had a predictable reaction. He labelled the Welshman's playacting as 'disgraceful'.

(It was) disgraceful really, from Ampadu. What's the game coming to?

He should be ashamed of himself. Grabbing his head?! I'd be embarrassed if I was him.


Ampadu was involved in another incident later in the game, being on the end of the tackle that ultimately saw James McClean sent off. The Ireland winger received a second yellow card for this challenge.

Appearing alongside Keane, Ian Wright said the tackle appeared worse than it was. However, he felt McClean probably would have gotten a yellow card anyway for the way he approached Ampadu after the foul.


[McClean] has caught [Ampadu] on the toe.

It's one of those because of the ferocity at which he's gone in, it looks worse than it is. I don't think McClean helps himself going across and doing this [pointing in his face].

He pushed him in the head - he should get sent off for that.

Ireland are set to face Wales once again next month, so it will be interesting to see if there is any bad blood between the sides.


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