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SoccerNews in General Soccer News 12 Sep 2008

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Sunderland manager Roy Keane and FIFA vice president Jack Warner have engaged in a ‘war of words’ following Keane’s refusal to let Dwight Yorke play in a World Cup qualifier this week.

Trinidad and Tobago faced the United States on Wednesday, and Yorke initially travelled to his home island to take part in the match. Keane however called him back.

FIFA’s Jack Warner – who happens to be from Trindad and Tobago himself – wrote Keane a letter to accuse the Irish coach of “insensitivity and disrespect”. Keane’s answer was clear: “Warner is a clown.”

“It’s just ridiculous, this clown is writing letters through the media.

“[Warner] is probably a small man and he has got this ‘Small-Man Syndrome’. The world is against him. If he is writing a letter representing Trinidad, why is he putting it under FIFA? If he is vice-president – and remember, he is vice-president, he is not president yet – God help us.

“Yorkie is 36 bloody years of age – I’m blaming him anyway. He’s a clown as well. You retire and then go on an ego trip. He has not played in the Premier League since he busted his cheekbone, and he goes over and he played the first game, 90 minutes.”

“He couldn’t play Saturday, Wednesday and then try to get involved for us on Saturday, no chance, absolutely no chance. If I had known that, he probably wouldn’t have got another year’s contract from me. You have got to prioritise certain things at his age,” Keane said about his player.

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