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Martin O'Neill: Roy Keane has said sorry to Republic of Ireland stars after outburst

By Daniel McDonnell

Published 07/06/2016

Sorry: Republic assistant Roy Keane
Sorry: Republic assistant Roy Keane

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill says that Roy Keane has apologised to the players he criticised after last week's friendly defeat to Belarus.

O'Neill's No.2 pulled no punches as he dissected the Cork display, with Jeff Hendrick, Daryl Murphy and Aiden McGeady on the receiving end of a public dressing-down.

"He's apologised to the players and they've accepted it," said O'Neill. "I think some of them are even echoing what James McClean said - it bucks you up. Roy has spoken to them. I think he felt he was over the top."

Keane's comments about McGeady raised eyebrows, with the assistant suggesting the Glaswegian's underwhelming display was the 'story of his career'.

O'Neill, who also apologised for making inappropriate comments last week, added: "People like to be praised, but have to take a bit of criticism on the chin too and I think he appreciated the apology from Roy."

Republic of Ireland's Stephen Ward (right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with teammate Wes Hoolahan during the International Friendly match at Turners Cross, Cork. PA
Republic of Ireland's Stephen Ward (right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with teammate Wes Hoolahan during the International Friendly match at Turners Cross, Cork. PA
Republic of Ireland's Darron Gibson (left) and Belarus' Mikita Korzun battle for the ball during the International Friendly match at the Turners Cross, Cork. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 31, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Ireland's Jeff Hendrick (left) and Belarus' Mikita Korzun battle for the ball during the International Friendly match at the Turners Cross, Cork. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 31, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Ireland's Cyrus Christie (left) and Belarus' Mikita Korzun battle for the ball during the International Friendly match at the Turners Cross, Cork. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 31, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Ireland's Cyrus Christie (left) and Belarus' Mikita Korzun battle for the ball during the International Friendly match at the Turners Cross, Cork. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 31, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Ireland's Ciaran Clark against Belarus' Aliaksandr Hleb during the International Friendly match at the Turners Cross, Cork. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 31, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Ireland's Jeff Hendrick (left) and Belarus' Mikita Korzun battle for the ball during the International Friendly match at the Turners Cross, Cork. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 31, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Ireland's Jeff Hendrick against Belarus' Dzianis Paliakov during the International Friendly match at the Turners Cross, Cork. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 31, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Ireland's Jeff Hendrick against Belarus' Dzianis Paliakov during the International Friendly match at the Turners Cross, Cork. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 31, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Ireland's defender Stephen Ward (L) tries to tackle Belarus's midfielder Mikhail Hardzeichuk during the international friendly football match between Republic of Ireland and Belarus at Turner's Cross stadium in Cork, Ireland, on May 31, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CAROLINE QUINNCAROLINE QUINN/AFP/Getty Images
Republic of Ireland's David Meyler against Belarus' Mikita Korzun (left) and Dzianis Paliakov during the International Friendly match at the Turners Cross, Cork. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 31, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Ireland's James McClean (right) and Belarus' Dzyanis Palyakow battle for the ball during the International Friendly match at Turners Cross, Cork. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 31, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Ireland's Cyrus Christie (right) has a shot on goal ahead of Belarus' Mikhail Sivakov during the International Friendly match at Turners Cross, Cork. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 31, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Ireland's Jeff Hendrick (right) and Belarus' Nikita Korzun battle for the ball during the International Friendly match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 31, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Ireland's Daryl Murphy (right) and Belarus' Mikhail Sivakov battle for the ball during the International Friendly match at Turners Cross, Cork. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 31, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Ireland's defender Cyrus Christie (R) runs past Belarus's midfielder Maksim Valadzko (L) during the international friendly football match between Republic of Ireland and Belarus at Turner's Cross stadium in Cork, Ireland, on May 31, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CAROLINE QUINNCAROLINE QUINN/AFP/Getty Images
Republic of Ireland's Stephen Ward (left) and Belarus' Mikhail Gordeichuk battle for the ball during the International Friendly match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 31, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Ireland's Daryl Murphy (right) and Belarus' Alyaksandr Martynovich battle for the ball during the International Friendly match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 31, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Ireland's James McClean (right) and Belarus' Nikita Korzun battle for the ball during the International Friendly match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 31, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Ireland's Robbie Keane on the pitch before the International Friendly match at the Turners Cross, Cork. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 31, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill on the pitch before the International Friendly match at the Turners Cross, Cork. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 31, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Ireland's Robbie Keane (centre) with Robbie Brady (left) and Stephen Quinn on the pitch before the International Friendly match at the Turners Cross, Cork. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 31, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Ireland's Robbie Keane on the pitch before the International Friendly match at the Turners Cross, Cork. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 31, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill (R) and assistant manager Roy Keane (L) talk on the pitch before the international friendly football match between Republic of Ireland and Belarus at Turner's Cross stadium in Cork, Ireland, on May 31, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CAROLINE QUINNCAROLINE QUINN/AFP/Getty Images
Republic of Ireland's Robbie Keane (centre) on the pitch before the International Friendly match at the Turners Cross, Cork. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 31, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.

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