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Irish management taking the mick - Roy Keane

Roy Keane
Image caption Roy Keane was angered that defender Darren O'Dea played more than 45 minutes on Wednesday

Ipswich Town manager Roy Keane has accused the FAI and Giovanni Trapattoni of "taking the mick out of" his club.

The former captain of the Republic and Man Utd was incensed after defender Darren O'Dea played 67 minutes of Wednesday's friendly with Norway.

Keane claims the Irish management ignored a request to give the player - who has just returned from injury - no more than 45 minutes of the game.

"Things aren't going our way and people are taking the mick out of us. We're not happy on that side of it," Keane told the Irish Independent newspaper.

"We have a player who hasn't played for six weeks and we make a request to Ireland that he has 45 minutes and he ended up playing 67 minutes and coming off with a tight hamstring.

"No no, we're not happy."

It is the second time Keane has been left aggrieved over O'Dea - who is on loan from Celtic.

Keane was angered that the defender made the journey to Armenia with the Republic in September, despite picking up an injury in training.

The Ipswich manager said he was shocked when O'Dea came out to play the second half on Wednesday.

"I watched the game and I couldn't believe he came out for the second half," he said.

"As I said, he's been injured for us for six weeks and we thought if he goes over and gets a half, that's brilliant," said Keane.

"I don't want to stop players going away and playing for their country, but then for them to do that to him... he's been out for six weeks and they probably would have left him on for the 90 unless his hamstring tightened up.

"But that's what you have to put up with sometimes and we're not happy with that," Keane added.

Keane's most notorious run-in with the FAI and an Irish manager was when he quit the Republic's World Cup squad in 2002 over the team's training facilities and the standard of its preparation.

He was temporarily persuaded to return, but left for good after a fierce row with then manager Mick McCarthy.

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