Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Euro 2012: Roy Keane slams Republic of Ireland team after punishing defeat by Spain

Roy Keane speaking on ITV last night

Roy Keane lashed out at the Irish team last night following their 4-0 thrashing by Spain saying: "We’re a small country, we’re up against it, but let’s not just go along for the sing-song every now and again."





For many the talking point of the night was the Irish fans who belted out a spine tingling rendition of the Fields of Athenry in the closing minutes of the game.



FAI boss John Delaney said: “The abiding memory we will take away from this match will be the many thousands of Irish fans singing the Fields of Athenry right up to and beyond the final whistle.”



However, Roy Keane saw it differently.



Reacting to a post match interview with Keith Andrews who said: “ You can hear the fans, they’re an absolute credit to their country and the team and unfortunately we haven’t been able to give them what they deserve.”



Keane retorted: “I think the players and even the supporters, they all have to change their mentality, it’s just nonsense from players speaking after the games about how great the supporters are.”



The fans’ singing became the highlight of the match with the French commentary team stopping talking for the final minutes of the game so viewers could listen to the singing.



Fabrice Muamba, the Bolton player who suffered a heart attack on the pitch earlier this year tweeted: ‘Credit to the Irish fans the way they support they team. It incredible.’



X Factor presenter Dermot O’Leary tweeted: ‘How about those fans? #athenry’ and Dara O Briain posting: ‘Terrible game; incredible rendition of "The Fields of Athenry". Quite moving in the end.’



Bridesmaids star Chris O’Dowd tweeted: ‘Hand on heart, how amazing is it hearing the Irish fans singing their balls out in the stadium? #proud’



However, Keane remained defiant: “To praise the supporters for the sake of it... Let’s change that attitude towards Irish supporters.”