FIFA probe alleged headbutt in Wales v Republic of Ireland clash

Date published: Tuesday 10th October 2017 4:34

FIFA are investigating whether Robbie Brady headbutted Wales defender Ashley Williams last night.

According to Sky Sports, the international governing body are probing the incident, which took place during the Republic of Ireland’s 1-0 win in Cardiff.

The 61st-minute incident was missed by referee Damir Skomina, but picked up by TV cameras and a FIFA spokesperson today confirmed they are in the process of collating evidence to see whether Brady should be charged.

The influential midfielder could miss at least the first leg of their World Cup play-off next month if he is found guilty.

The Burnley midfielder only returned from a one-match ban for the win at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Speaking on Sky Sports after Monday’s qualifier, former Wales forward Craig Bellamy said there was “no chance” Brady deserved to be banned.

Ireland will definitely be without stand-in skipper David Meyler for the first leg of their play-off, which is due to take place between November 9 and 11.

The Hull City man was picked up his second yellow card in qualifying after catching Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey in stoppage time.

The draw for the World Cup play-offs takes place on October 17.

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