Roy Keane believes Ireland have only themselves to blame for failing to qualify for the World Cup and said they should "get over it". In a withering attacking on John Delaney he has accused the FAI chief executive of double standards in trying to get the game against France replayed.
Keane also refused to condemn France captain Thierry Henry, who handled the ball in the build up to their winning goal, and instead pointed the finger of blame at Ireland’s poor defending and earlier wasted chances.
“Ireland had chances at Croke Park and in Paris but didn’t take them," the former Ireland captain said. “France were there for the taking but Ireland never grabbed it – as usual.
“They were afraid of that next step and were mentally not strong enough. They can complain all they want. That is not going to change anything. France are going to the World Cup –get over it. They want sympathy as usual. It is the usual carry on and it is boring.”
“It was instinct for Henry. Would I call him a cheat – no I wouldn’t think so," he said. "Did he bend the rule a little? – Maybe. You see cheating going on all the time in games. Nobody wants a cheat.
“I wouldn’t agree that Henry is a cheat. He is a top, top player who took advantage of the situation.”
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