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Roy Keane has launched a shocking attack on two former Clarets, one of whom played for him at Ipswich and both members of the Republic of Ireland squad he worked with alongside Martin O’Neill.

1718 burnley jonathan walters 01 500x500The players in question are Stephen Ward and Jon Walters (pictured) and Keane even, shockingly, made reference to Walters’ recent interview on Irish television when he opened up about some of the personal problems he’s faced.

Most of his vitriol was aimed at Walters, and as reported in the Stoke Sentinel, Keane said: “Jon does a lot of talking, it’s amazing. Wardy can’t get in the Stoke team, at the moment, bottom of the league.

“Imagine if Jon won a trophy. He talks a good game. He goes on the TV, on about how he was harshly treated by me. Not kicking a ball for Burnley for two or three years. On TV, crying about his family situation. You know, how about lying low for a while, taking it easy. Have a look at his medals? Wouldn’t take long.

“Ironically two or three years ago, when his career was coming to the end, he went on loan, he went to Ipswich on loan, I was laughing my head off.”

And referring to when he was involved with Ireland, he added: “When we were beaten by Wales, he didn’t have a good game. Wardy played, didn’t have a good game. They need to go back and watch how bad they were.”

I’m not sure what to make about all that, but it certainly says far more about Keane than it does of either Jon Walters or Steven Ward. It’s unnecessary but, in Walters’ case, his comments are downright appalling and distasteful.

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