FAI chief executive John Delaney tells Roy Keane 'to get over himself' after latest Saipan comments

A decade on from the then Irish skipper's departure from the World Cup squad, his sniping about the matter has been ridiculed by the FAI's top man
FAI Chief Executive John Delaney has branded Roy Keane's latest outburst about his Saipan departure in 2002 a 'sideshow.'

Keane spoke openly about his infamous exit from the Ireland squad on a public relations event in Dublin last week. He said that Delaney snubbed him in a Paris hotel when he made his international return but added that 'it takes two to tango.'

"You should get over yourself, it’s 10 years ago since it all happened," Delaney said about Keane on Louth radio station LMFM.

He added: "For his own good, not for anybody else’s good, but for his own good Roy should just let it go. Roy has a lot to say a lot of the time, he was a great man to tell us to get over things a while ago. I think for his own sake he should get over himself."

The former Irish captain dismissed suggestions last week that boss Mick McCarthy had sent him home from the World Cup squad telling reporters: "Mick sent me nowhere. I told him where to go."

A decade on from the controversy and the current FAI Chief Executive is eager to draw a line in the sand on the issue which divided the nation in the summer of 2002.

"I’m aware of the shadow of it, but every time Roy gets a microphone, especially in an Irish domain, he tends to talk about it. It’s just a sideshow for me."

Delaney was speaking to LMFM at the official opening of Ardee Celtics new facilities in Louth.