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Cliftonville manager calls on Linfield's Roy Carroll to explain handshake snub

Cliftonville manager Barry Gray has said that Linfield goalkeeper Roy Carroll must explain his reasons for not shaking hands with his team before their game at Solitude on Saturday.

The former Manchester United and Northern Ireland goalkeeper walked past the Cliftonville team during the line-up at the start of the game.

The rest of the Linfield team took part in the traditional handshake between the teams.

"What everyone needs to do is to ask Roy for his explanation," Gray told BBC Sport NI's Irish League Show.

"If he was in my team, I would have a massive issue with it."

"Only he can tell why he decided to do that."

The Cliftonville manager said that Carroll wanted to be "centre stage".

"For me, it's a 'fair play' handshake. He's decided not to carry that out."

"I don't run Linfield. I don't manage them. I'm not too worried what he does or what he doesn't do.

"He wants to be the limelight. There were lot of instances yesterday where he got that."

The game ended in a 1-1 draw, following a late equaliser from 10-men Linfield.

Linfield and Carroll have yet to comment on the incident.

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