Martin O'NeillMartin O’Neill, the Republic of Ireland manager, has supposition Roy Keane his whole backup following an incident at the Republic of Ireland’s aggroup hotel.

The Football Relationship of Ireland expressed its concord for O’Neill’s No2 as reports emerged of an alleged words as the team’s Portmarnock signifier.

O’Neill, whose face faces Scotland in a essential Euro 2016 qualifier in Metropolis on Fri, has now endorsed that attitude. Indication a statement on camera, he said: The FAI and I acquire been fully briefed roughly the circumstances of what happened at the group hotel antepenultimate nighttime.

Roy asked that the Gardaí be titled and he has notified them of what happened. Piece this knowledge is current, we are unable to say writer at this mark. Nonetheless, I can say that having been made conscious of the facts, Roy has both my flooded agree and the replete sustenance of the FAI and [chief executive] Gospels Delaney.

We are now focused, as we have been all week, on the scheme at extremity and we won’t be saying anything many nigh this emerge.

Everton’s Malefactor McCarthy has been ruled out of the scheme against Scotland with a hamstring accident.

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