O'Neill and McClean face Federation Internationale de Football Association action for referee comments

Solenn Plantier
Juin 22, 2017

Federation Internationale de Football Association have started disciplinary proceedings against McClean and Ireland manager Martin O'Neill after comments they made about referee David Fernandez following Ireland's 1-1 draw with Austria earlier this month.

After the final whistle blew in the Aviva Stadium on June 11, James McClean was the first player to be interviewed by RTE during their live broadcast of the world cup qualifier. "It should count, the referee should have given the goal", the former Sunderland manager said of Duffy's header.

"Considering he was letting things go during the course of the game - that's fine, I like referees who let things go".

O'Neill criticised the Spanish official's decision not to allow Shane Duffy's late strike to stand, saying "I personally think it typified the referee's performance" and that the referee's performance was "very poor".

Federation Internationale de Football Association has begun disciplinary proceedings and a spokesman told the BBC they are probing remarks made by both men.

In a statement to The Times yesterday, Federation Internationale de Football Association said: "We can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened for such statements". That's all I'll say on that. "I'm really disappointed. We should have came away from that game with three points but we didn't". "There is absolutely nothing wrong with it". He let a lot of things go and if that's the case, then you think, "let this go".

"I've seen it back again. The linesman has thought he's given the goal and he's nearly up at the halfway line before he's called back". "Please understand that we can't make any further comments since the matter is ongoing".

James McClean and Martin O'Neill are in trouble with Federation Internationale de Football Association.

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