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Friday 23 March 2018

Duffy resigned to Moyes taking action over tweet

John Fallon

SHANE DUFFY has admitted there's no guarantee he'll escape punishment from David Moyes over his recent Twitter episode.

The Everton defender issued a public apology last week after a Tweet was sent from his account on St Patrick's night saying "UP THE RA".

Ireland's U-21 captain claimed his phone was taken on a night out by someone else who transmitted the pro-IRA message on the social media site. Attempts by the Derry native to explain the situation online failed to stem the backlash.

Even though Everton backed Duffy's version of events, Moyes could still opt to discipline the 21-year-old for the incident.

"I don't know yet what, if anything, will happen from it," said the centre-back following Ireland's U-21 defeat to Portugal in Dundalk.

"I haven't really spoken to him (Moyes) about it yet – only to some people at the club. We'll probably discuss it when I go back.

"Everyone knows it wasn't me sending those Tweets. I've apologised for someone using my Twitter.

"He's taken my phone and it's got me into trouble. I've nothing more to say as it will make more out of it. I'll just have to deal with it."

Meanwhile, Duffy (pictured right) insists it's not his job to try and convince Everton team-mate Darron Gibson to end his international exile.

While Duffy craves a return to the senior set-up, which he first inhabited as a 17-year-old, his fellow Foylesider has refused call-ups by Giovanni Trapattoni since being left on the bench during last summer's Euro finals.

"It's Darron's decision, but we all want him back, don't we?" pondered Duffy. He's talked to the manager (Trapattoni) recently. I don't know what was said, but, obviously, he doesn't want to be involved at the minute. I'm not going to try to get him back. I need to get myself involved first."

With just three substitute outings to his name his season, Duffy is uncertain about his future.

"I've still got three years left on my Everton contract, but I need to be playing games. We'll see in the summer."

Irish Independent

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