Monday 19 February 2018

Audio: Robbie Keane launches F-word rant after Galaxy forced to play in searing heat

Republic of Ireland Robbie Keane has launched a stinging attack on the MLS after the LA Galaxy were forced to play in temperatures exceeding 32 C (90 F) in their 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire on Sunday.

Both sides visibly suffered in the brutal conditions and Keane was visibly annoyed afterwards at the scheduling of the game.

"I don’t know who makes these f**king stupid decisions. Play a f**king game at three o’clock in the afternoon. Who wants to watch that crap? Do you? I don’t want to watch that crap," he said.

"These people who haven’t got a clue about soccer make these decisions when we play a game. Why not play at eight o’clock? It wasn’t on national television. It’s so stupid. They need to look at these games and use their head and be clever.

"No player wants to play in that humidity. Everyone was affected by the heat. Why would you want to play at three o’clock in the afternoon? On the hottest day of the year so far here in Chicago, knowing it is going to be that hot. And you can’t blame the Kings-Hawks game because you didn’t know that was going to happen until two days ago.

"This is absolutely ridiculous. We have to stop. We have to listen to the players instead of listening to people who have never kicked a soccer ball in their whole life."

Listen to an audio clip of the interview above (warning: Strong language)

Here are the highlights from the 1-1 draw in Chicago.

Robbie Keane will meet up with the Irish squad in New York tomorrow for the upcoming friendlies with Portugal and Costa Rica.

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