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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Keane Returns to Irish Squad, Beckham's Cheek Investigated

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DUBLIN -- Manchester United's Roy Keane was recalled Tuesday to the Republic of Ireland squad for their vital World Cup qualifier against Iceland here at Lansdowne Road on Nov. 10.


Barring injury, the 25-year-old maverick midfielder will almost certainly win his 31st cap even though he has missed Ireland's last nine games.


On Keane's last appearance for his country in March, he was shown the red card in the final minute of a 2-0 defeat by Russia in a Dublin friendly.


Suspension, injuries and a controversial decision to rule himself unavailable for end-of-season games have delayed his return.


But Ireland boss Mick McCarthy has now welcomed back Keane after he missed last month's 3-0 victory over Macedonia because of injury.


There is still no room for Paul McGrath. But McCarthy indicated the veteran defender would come into consideration for next year's away games in Macedonia and Romania if he holds down a first-team place at Derby.


Steve Staunton, who hopes to play for Aston Villa this weekend, is again included in the side. But there is no room for Sunderland striker Niall Quinn, who has still not fully recovered from injury.


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Police are investigating an alleged offensive gesture made by Manchester United midfielder David Beckham during Saturday's premier league match which Southampton won 6-3.


Beckham, 21, is alleged to have pulled up his shorts and exposed the cheeks of his backside just before the end of the thrashing.


Superintendent David Holt, of Hampshire Police, said he received a complaint immediately after the game.


Police said they were examining statements from supporters and a report would probably be sent to the Football Association, although no criminal prosecution was considered likely.


The FA said that they had not received any complaint concerning Beckham but would investigate fully if one was made. ()