Saturday 16 December 2017

Good news for Ireland as Robbie Brady escapes ban for Ashley Williams incident

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

Robbie Brady is free to play in both legs of Ireland's World Cup playoff next month after FIFA opted against taking action against the midfielder for an alleged headbutt into the back of Ashley Williams.

Video footage showed Brady running up behind Williams and flicking his head into his back as he appeared to lose his temper momentarily, and there had been a worry that the Burnley player might miss one or both of Ireland's upcoming games.

However, the sport's governing body today decided - after analysing the incident - that no action should be taken and Brady will be available for selection.

The draw for the playoffs will be made next month, with Ireland grouped among the second seeds.

Italy, Denmark, Croatia and Switzerland could all be drawn by Martin O'Neill's men.

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