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Newstalk presenter Ivan Yates on Stephanie Roche: 'No way she deserves the award, it's sham amateurism'


Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

The Puskas nominated goal

The Puskas nominated goal


Newstalk presenter Ivan Yates has said there is no way Stephanie Roche deserves to win the Puskas Goal of the Year Award and described her inclusion in the final three as "sham amateurism".

Roche goes head to head with Robin van Persie and James Rodriguez at the Ballon D'Or cermony today in Zurich thanks to her sensational goal for Peamount against Wexford Youths last year.

And while the whole country is backing Roche to win, Yates has described her inclusion as "sham amateurism".

This morning on Newstalk, Yates didn't seem to impressed when Chris O'Donoghue wished Roche all the best in tonight's vote.

"Ah, it’s the height of tokenism. Even Andy Carroll can score against Wexford Youths," scoffed Yates.

"She was playing for Peamount United! Give me a break. To compare Van Persie, a world class goal in a World Cup. I mean, what sort of defence would Wexford Youths put up?

"Even Andy Carroll could score against them. The fact of the matter of it is, it’s tokenism because she’s a woman. The fact that she’s Irish, fantastic and good luck to her. But there’s no way she deserves the Puskas award. No way! It's sham amateurism."

While Yates' colleagues disagreed with his comments and told him he let himself down, the former Fine Gael minister was eager to get his point across.