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