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Keane: FAI 'took mick' over O'Dea

ROY KEANE has got stuck into the FAI again and accused them of "taking the mick" over Darren O'Dea's participation in the midweek friendly against Norway.

Keane (pictured below) had given his blessing to O'Dea playing in the game as the defender, who has missed the last nine games for his club, needed match practice. But Keane claims that the FAI went back on a promise to only play the Dubliner for 45 minutes, instead of 67.

"Things aren't going our way and people are taking the mick out of us. We're not happy on that side of it," said Keane yesterday.

"We have a player who hasn't played for six weeks and we make a request to Ireland that he has 45 minutes and he ended up playing 67 minutes and coming off with a tight hamstring. No no, we're not happy.

"I watched the game and I couldn't believe he came out for the second half. As I said, he's been injured for us for six weeks and we thought if he goes over and gets a half, that's brilliant," added Keane.

"I don't want to stop players playing for their country, but then for them to do that to him ... He's been out for six weeks and they probably would have left him on for the 90 unless his hamstring tightened up.

"But that's what you have to put up with sometimes and we're not happy with that."