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Roy Keane Involved In Bust-Up With Two Ireland Players Over The Summer

By James Fenton

August 25, 2018 at 6:37am

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Republic Of Ireland football manager Martin O'Neill has revealed that his assistant Roy Keane was involved in an altercation with two squad members over the summer.

Speaking to the Irish Mirror, O'Neill revealed that there was a bust-up between Keane, Jonathan Walters and Harry Arter ahead of the match against the U.S.A at the Aviva Stadium in June.

O'Neill said that the situation has now been defused, telling the publication:

“I’m not denying there hasn’t been altercations but the situation has definitely been defused and it’s just part of things.

“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.”

Keane is no stranger to falling out with both team mates and opponents throughout his career. During his role with ITV at this year's World Cup, he got into a verbal sparring match with fellow pundit Ian Wright which was also quickly defused.

Ireland's next match is a UEFA Nations League clash away to Wales on September 6.

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