Keith Andrews, Ireland’s best player at Euro 2012 will receive an automatic one match ban for being sent off in the clash with Italy. His ban might also be doubled if the referee’s post match report takes into account Andrews’ petulant display as he left the field.
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Andrews furiously kicked out at the ball as he left the field, epitomising the frustrations of so many in the Ireland camp.
Speaking about the incidents that lead to his two yellow cards Andrews said, “It wasn’t ideal, I didn’t think it was a yellow card. I thought he was unfair for the majority of the game, and I still don’t think it was a yellow card.”
“I don’t think he forgot I’d been booked. I think he was more than sure that it was my second, to be perfectly honest.”
Andrews will sit out Ireland’s opening clash in the world cup qualifiers with Kazakhstan and could potentially also miss the crucial home game against Germany.
Trapattoni revealed that he had spoken to his midfielder.
“I spoke with him. I said, yes, also, there is already advice to have not this reaction. We know before, this Euros, the referees, they are being serious. But he is a little angry. I understand why he is angry with the decision.”
Andrews did not reveal what he had said to Cuneyt Cakir, the Turkish referee adding, “I’ve no regrets, it was frustration, yeah.”