Friday 15 December 2017

FIFA set to investigate Robbie Brady incident with Ashley Williams

9 October 2017; Robbie Brady of Republic of Ireland celebrates following his side's victory during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Wales and Republic of Ireland at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
9 October 2017; Robbie Brady of Republic of Ireland celebrates following his side's victory during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Wales and Republic of Ireland at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

FIFA have today confirmed that they will investigate an incident during last night's clash between Ireland and Wales where Robbie Brady appeared to flick his head in the direction of Ashley Williams.

Brady will face an anxious wait to discover whether he will face disciplinary action after he was caught by a camera in an apparent moment of petulance during last night’s crucial World Cup qualifier in Cardiff.

Sky Sports are reporting that FIFA will adjudicate on the incident this week.

Ireland’s famous 1-0 win sent Martin O’Neill’s men through to the World Cup play-offs next month, but they may be concerned that key man Brady will be absent from that game if he is punished for the incident that was not spotted by the referee.

While his actions could not be described as a head-butt, the video images showed Brady running up behind Williams and flicking his head into his back as he appeared to lose his temper momentarily.

Former Ireland midfielder Keith Andrews played down the incident in his role as a Sky Sports pundit as he described the incident as ‘a playful nod’, with ex-Wales striker Craig Bellamy insisting Brady should not face any retrospective action.

“Honestly, do we really need to see replays of that, is it that big,” questioned the striker who admitted he may well have been involved in similar incidents during his own career that was littered with disciplinary misdemeanours.

“UEFA or FIFA officials should they look at that? They might have to justify their jobs when they get called in to look at these things are they are on huge money to do so, but does he deserve a suspension for that? No chance.”

Brady has already served two suspension in this qualifying campaign, as sitting out home games against Wales and Moldova, and O’Neill will be hoping his No.10 is not hit with another ban for a play-off game next month where his influence is likely to be crucial.

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