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Republic of Ireland coach O'Neill angry with Burnley defender Ward: Sympathy? Empathy?

Republic of Ireland coach Martin O'Neill admits he's disappointed with Burnley defender Stephen Ward.

In a Whatsapp recording, Ward lifted the lid on Ireland No2 Roy Keane's clash with Jonathan Walters and Cardiff City midfielder Harry Arter which has made it's way to the public arena.

O'Neill said: "Stephen wasn't there, he's just picking up on things. These incidents took place towards the end of May in a camp which is almost four months ago.

"If there is still a difference of what was said, I accept that at this minute - I wasn't there myself. Stephen certainly wasn't. I think some of you will have to speak to Harry (Arter) as well about it and I think some of you (media) do.

"I've spoken to Stephen. Do I have sympathy or empathy for a 33-year-old who has known about social media for a lengthy time and says he's just telling it to a crowd of mates?

"Today… probably not. Tomorrow… probably not also. He has been betrayed by some of his friends, who he has known for a long, long time. That will be a disappointment for him."

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