IRELAND manager Giovanni Trapattoni is under increasing pressure after he condemned Darron Gibson for missing the match to look after his sick daughter.
The Manchester United midfielder pulled out of Wednesday night's friendly game with Norway to care for the 18-month-old.
Trap claimed he didn't need players who missed games to look after their sick children, raising eyebrows among all observers.
The outspoken Italian told a press conference that he didn't want players who put family before football.
"There are those [players] in the selection who say 'I stay at home, my son is ill. I stay at home'," he said.
"I don't need these players."
When journalists sought clarification on who or what Trapattoni was referring to, an FAI spokesman claimed the Italian was speaking in a general sense and not targeting Gibson.
The pair's relationship has been frayed in recent months after Trapattoni's assertion that Gibson should move away from Old Trafford to secure first-team football.
The Republic of Ireland manager suggested that the Derry native could improve his "hunger" by quitting the Theatre of Dreams.
The comments came after Gibson was left on the bench in the place of Paul Green who plays for Derby County, a team 21 places behind Manchester United in British football.
It led to a war of words between the pair in the press.
"If Trapattoni wants me to move on from a club like Manchester United to better my game, move to somewhere like Stoke where I'll get more games, but have little chance of winning anything, then I just don't know," Gibson said.
Following the rift Gibson claimed that he had a good relationship with Trapattoni.