Tuesday 17 September 2019

Irish international Andy Keogh 'embarrassed' after nightclub arrest in Australia

Andy Keogh was charged with a public disorder offence in Adelaide.
Andy Keogh was charged with a public disorder offence in Adelaide.

Barry Duggan and Aidan FItzmaurice

Irish international Andy Keogh was arrested outside an Adelaide nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning along with team-mate Josh Risdon.

Keogh (28) joined Perth Glory last year. He was arrested along with a teammate for disorderly conduct in Adelaide over the weekend.

Police received reports of two men acting in a disorderly manner outside a Currie Street nightclub in the South Australian city on Sunday morning.

Perth Now is reporting that Keogh was initially issued with a fine for disorderly behaviour near the licensed premises.

He was arrested a short time later after allegedly continuing to cause a disturbance. Teammate Josh Ridson was also arrested for failing to comply with police directions and leave the area.

Both players are due to appear in Adelaide Magistrates Court on March 19 next.

Keogh now faces disciplinary action from the club he joined last year on a two year contract. He played in a 1-1 draw against Adelaide on Saturday which put Perth back at the top of the A-league.

In a statement, Perth Glory FC said it could confirm it is investigating an incident involving two of its players in Adelaide overnight.

Club Chief Executive Jason Brewer said the players (Andy Keogh and Josh Risdon) will be served with the appropriate disciplinary action by Perth Glory under the Football Federation Australia Code of Conduct once its investigation is completed.

“We do not condone any kind of behaviour which breaches the club’s protocol and the National Code of Conduct. The players have apologised to the playing group and in due course will be making an apology to our fan base for their indiscretion,” Mr Brewer said.

“The players admit the situation has embarrassed them, their teammates and our fans and they are accepting full responsibility for their poor behaviour” he added.

“We will continue to educate and support our players to ensure their judgments reflect the ethos and values of Perth Glory FC”.

The club said they will discuss the matter with the relevant players upon their return to Perth from Adelaide.

No further comment from the club was forthcoming at this stage.

Dubliner Keogh moved to England as a 16-year-old and had spells with Leeds United, Scunthorpe United, Wolves and Millwall. First capped by Steve Staunton in 2007, he won the majority of his 30 senior caps under Giovanni Trapattoni and scored the first goal of Trapattoni’s reign as Ireland boss, at home to Serbia in 2008.

Keogh was recalled from the international wilderness for a friendly against Wales under Trapattoni in 2013 but was not picked again and the Dublin native has complained about his treatment under the Italian. He was not called up by caretaker manager Noel King nor Martin O’Neill.

Released by Millwall last summer he accepted an offer from A-League side Perth Glory, paving the way for former Ireland team-mate Damien Duff who also moved to Australia. Keogh has impressed on the field with Perth and is second-top scorer in the league as his club are top of the table, ahead of Melbourne Victory.

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