Keith Andrews suspended for Ireland's opening 2014 World Cup qualifier

The combative midfielder was sent off against Italy in the final group game at Euro 2012 and will now face a one-match ban, missing out on a trip to Kazakhstan in September
Republic of Ireland midfielder Keith Andrews will miss his country's opening 2014 World Cup qualifier after being handed a suspension following his red card at Euro 2012.

The new Bolton signing was sent off for dissent during Ireland's final Group C match against Italy, which they lost 2-0, departing the tournament as one of only two teams to go home without a single point.

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) revealed in a statement today that Andrews must serve a one-game ban for the away trip to Kazakhstan in September, with a further match suspended until after qualification for Euro 2016.

The statement read: "The Football Association of Ireland today confirmed that Uefa's Control and Disciplinary Committee has given Keith Andrews a two-match suspension with the second match suspended for a probationary period."

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

"The finding comes after the Committee considered the referee's report and a submission from the FAI's in relation to the sending-off incident which occurred in the match against Italy on June 18.

"Effectively, this means that Andrews will miss the opening World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan in September but will be eligible for the opening home World Cup 2014 qualification match against Germany in October."