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Monday, 27 May, 2002, 09:07 GMT 10:07 UK
Keane says McCarthy right to sack him
Manchester United's Roy Keane
Keane does not rule out playing for Ireland again
Roy Keane has admitted Republic of Ireland coach Mick McCarthy was right to send him home from the World Cup.

But the Ireland captain also said he did not regret his row with McCarthy and also took a swipe at some of three team-mates - Niall Quinn, Steve Staunton and Alan Kelly.

"I don't regret what I said, but at the same time I agree that Mick had to send me home," he told the Daily Mail.

"A player cannot speak to a manager like that and continue to work under him. Of that charge, I am guilty."

McCarthy sent Keane home on Thursday after the two clashed in front of the rest of the squad at a team meeting.

Keane, who admitted he had insulted McCarthy, said he had been provoked after getting angry by the training facilities on the Pacific island of Saipan.

The midfielder also claimed McCarthy had accused him publicly of faking an injury before the World Cup playoff against Iran.

Keane was unhappy that rather than talking to him "man-to-man," McCarthy had called a team meeting to discuss the issue.

"I waited eight years to play in another World Cup and I'm sacrificing that dream because of something I believed in."

The Manchester United player added it would be impossible for him to return to the World Cup squad, "not after what Mick had said and what the senior players had done to me.

I actually feel more betrayed by them than I do by Mick - in particular (Niall) Quinn, (Steve) Staunton and Alan Kelly."

The three players have since criticised Keane for his behaviour.

Keane re-iterated he would never play under McCarthy again but added: "But there remains a chance that I'll play for Ireland again.

"Who know, I might even become manager one day."

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