Harry Arter insists row with Roy Keane is now ‘water under the bridge’

Harry Arter insists row with Roy Keane is now ‘water under the bridge’ after Republic of Ireland duo put aside their differences ‘like men’ following bust up

  • A summer of discontent saw Roy Keane clash with Harry Arter and Jon Walters
  • Keane is said to have accused the player of missing too many training sessions 
  • Arter made himself unavailable for September’s games with Wales and Poland
  • However they have now resolved their issues and Arter returned to Ireland duty 

Harry Arter insists his row with Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane is ‘water under the bridge’ after the put aside their differences ‘like men’.

The Bournemouth midfielder, currently on loan at Cardiff, made himself unavailable for September’s games with Wales and Poland, with manager Martin O’Neill later admitting a spat with his No 2 may have been behind his absence.

A summer of discontent saw fiery Keane clash with both Arter and Burnley forward Jon Walters.

Harry Arter made his return to Republic of Ireland duty against Denmark earlier this month

Harry Arter made his return to Republic of Ireland duty against Denmark earlier this month

Arter made himself unavailable for September's games after a clash with assistant Roy Keane

Arter made himself unavailable for September’s games after a clash with assistant Roy Keane

Keane is said to have accused the player of missing too many training sessions because of injury, labeling him a ‘f****** p***k’ in the process. 

However, the former Manchester United and Ireland skipper and Arter have since cleared the air which enabled the latter to return to international duty earlier this month.

In an interview with The Sun, he said: ‘We spoke like men and it’s water under the bridge. I wasn’t happy with what happened.

‘I pulled out as it was best for myself and, most importantly, the squad. The good thing is, it’s been sorted. It wasn’t an apology I was after.

‘I can take having arguments with people, that’s part of life, but I don’t like that sort of confrontation and wasn’t sure what the situation was between me and Roy.’

 Keane and Arter cleared the air which enabled him to return to international duty  this month

 Keane and Arter cleared the air which enabled him to return to international duty this month

Matters were exacerbated when audio of defender Stephen Ward outlining his version of events surrounding incidents involving Keane, Arter and Walters was made public.

Arter admits he was frustrated Ward shared details of the events but insists the Burnley defender has since apologised and that too has been put to bed.

‘Wardy is very professional and made a mistake, not on purpose. He got stitched up by someone,’ he added.

‘I know Wardy was really disappointed about that, for the camp and for those involved.

‘But he’s a great lad and I’d say the camp is a happy one now. Everyone is trying to fix what we need to fix and that’s picking up more results.’ 

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