Keane backtracks over FAI attack

ROY Keane has admitted to Ipswich Town fans that his criticism of the Irish FA last week may have been over the top.

ROY Keane has admitted to Ipswich Town fans that his criticism of the Irish FA last week may have been over the top.

Keane was himself criticised by a Blues supporter at the club's AGM last night for hitting out at the FAI following the Republic's exit from the World Cup at the hands of France and Thierry Henry in particular.

Henry clearly handled the ball before squaring it to William Gallas to score a controversial equaliser which resulted in the Irish being denied a place at the 2010 finals in South Africa.

Keane used his weekly press conference at Portman Road to attack the FAI after they had called for the qualifier to be replayed.


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The former Republic skipper, who famously walked out of a 2002 World Cup training camp in Saipan after a bust-up with then boss Mick McCarthy, said the FAI should “get over it”, refused to condemn Henry and instead hit out at the Irish defence.

Last night a club shareholder called on Keane to resign from his job for making those remarks.

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But Keane replied: “The comments were perhaps over the top and I apologise to any supporter I might have offended. I'm 38 years of age and I'm going to make mistakes.”

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