Sunday 18 November 2018

Keith Andrews cleared to take on Germans

Keith Andrews is free to play in Ireland's World Cup qualifier with Germany, having been given just a one-match ban for his sending-off against Italy in the final game of the ill-fated Euro 2012 campaign.

An irate Andrews was given his marching orders for a second yellow card late on as Ireland crashed out of the tournament without a point.

The FAI yesterday confirmed Andrews' one-match ban, which means the 31-year-old will only miss Ireland's opening qualifier away to Kazakhstan on September 7.

There had been fears that the angry reaction of Andrews to the red card would warrant further punishment. However, while he did have a further match ban suspended until after qualification for Euro 2016, Andrews will be available to face Germany.

"The FAI confirm that UEFA's control and disciplinary committee has given Keith Andrews a two-match suspension, with the second match suspended for a probationary period," an FAI statement read.

"The probationary period starts from the beginning of the Euro 2016 qualifying round until the end of play-offs of that tournament."

Andrews' move to Bolton Wanderers was also confirmed yesterday.

"It (the Championship) is a very tough league, but if you have the right characters in the dressing-room, you can be successful," said Andrews.

"Looking at our squad, I believe we have a fantastic group of players to tackle the Championship.

"I'm sure there will be a few new signings and fresh faces too, and that can only help the current squad."

Irish Independent

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