KEANE TURNS THE EIRE BLUE Arter on re­ceiv­ing end as Roy blows his top again

Daily Mirror - - SPORTS - BY CHRIS McKENNA

ROY KEANE has been ac­cused of launch­ing an as­ton­ish­ing foul-mouthed at­tack on Cardiff mid­fielder Harry Arter.

The Ire­land No.2 al­legedly called Arter a “p **** ” and a “c***” be­cause the player was in­jured and un­able to train back in May.

Manch­ester United leg­end Keane was also ap­par­ently in­volved in an­other bust-up with Jon Wal­ters around Ire­land’s friendlies with France in May and the USA in June.

A leaked What­sApp au­dio of Stephen Ward sur­faced yes­ter­day in which the Ire­land and Burn­ley de­fender spoke about what he heard con­cern­ing the clashes.

Ward said: “Ap­par­ently he (Arter) was get­ting treat­ment in the treat­ment room and Roy walked in and was like, ‘When are you go­ing to train you f ****** p **** ?’. Harry was like, ‘What?’ and he was like, ‘Any chance of you train­ing?’.

“He ex­plained the sit­u­a­tion again and Roy was go­ing off go­ing, ‘You’re a f ****** p **** , you’re a c***, you don’t even care, you don’t wanna train’.

“Harry was just go­ing, ‘Roy, I’m not speak­ing to you like this. I’m not lis­ten­ing to you. You’re not the man­ager. You can’t say any­thing to me’.

“Ap­par­ently Roy was go­ing mad get­ting worse and worse and Harry got up off the treat­ment bed and was walk­ing back to his room.

“As he was walk­ing back Roy was shout­ing down the cor­ri­dor, ‘You’re a f ****** p **** , you’re a c*** you have been all your life’ and that was re­ally it lads.” Arter (be­low), who is on loan at Cardiff from Bournemouth, is un­der­stood to have re­quested not to be called up for in­ter­na­tional duty be­cause of the spat, but Wal­ters fea­tured in last week’s 4-1 de­feat by Wales in the Na­tions League. Ward was not in the Ire­land squad back in May when the in­ci­dents are al­leged to have oc­curred. Ire­land boss Martin O’Neill con­firmed that yes­ter­day in his pre-match press con­fer­ence ahead of tonight’s friendly with Poland. O’Neill also said that Ward’s ver­sion of events did not match what he was told about how the in­ci­dents played out as he ap­peared to con­firm that it was the Burn­ley de­fender’s voice on the leaked au­dio.

He said: “First of all, Stephen wasn’t there, he’s just pick­ing up on things, some­thing that we talked about at the be­gin­ning of the week.

“I think there are dif­fer­ences of what was said... a con­fronta­tion with Jon and a con­fronta­tion with Harry. Jon is fine, ab­so­lutely fine. Harry per­haps not so fine.

“If you’re ask­ing about Roy’s crit­i­cism of play­ers, this is my re­spon­si­bil­ity. I will take full re­spon­si­bil­ity for any­thing that goes on.

“These two con­fronta­tions took place months ago, they hap­pen all the time. I will be as­ton­ished if there isn’t one be­tween now and Novem­ber.”

Ward has re­turned to his club and will not fea­ture in the friendly be­cause of a foot in­jury.

I SWEAR I’LL HAVE YOU Ire­land’s as­sis­tant boss Keane stands ac­cused of hav­ing more foul-mouthed con­fronta­tions

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