Sunday 26 February 2017

Come on the booze in green

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

IRISH TEAM AND alcohol

September 2000: Days before a World Cup qualifier with Holland, Phil Babb and Mark Kennedy conclude a night of drinking in Dublin by hopping on some parked cars on Harcourt Street. One belongs to a female garda. The pair are caught and end up spending the night in a police cell.

September 2005: Robbie Keane is in the dock after a newspaper prints pictures of the Irish striker out on the town and singing karaoke in the build-up to a crucial World Cup qualifying match with France.

December 2007: Dubliner Anthony Stokes is banned from a Sunderland nightspot, The Glass Spider, for the sake of his career, with his manager Roy Keane concerned about the player's behaviour.

September 2008: A row breaks out in a hotel in Germany which effectively ends Andy Reid's relationship with new boss Giovanni Trapattoni. Reid is singled out among a group of players who stay up longer than permitted after being allowed to have a few drinks following a qualifying win over Georgia.

December 2009: Robbie Keane defies his manager Harry Redknapp by organising a Christmas party trip to Dublin when the club had banned their players from having a festive bash.

March 2011: Richard Dunne's Aston Villa future is left in the balance after a drunken row with coaching staff at a team bonding session.

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