Cape Town - Ireland's assistant manager, Roy Keane, is the subject of a police investigation after a hotel fight.
The Guardian report that Keane was involved in a “heated exchange” with a fan, who asked for a copy of Keane's new book to be signed.
The incident occurred at the Irish team hotel in Portmarnock at 16:00 and saw the man leaving the hotel in ambulance.
The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) released a statement on Wednesday night that revealed Keane himself had called the police.
“Following inaccurate media reports which refer to an incident involving a member of the public this evening at the Republic of Ireland team hotel, we wish to clarify that Roy Keane called the Gardai following the incident,” it read.
“The manager, Martin O’Neill and the FAI are fully aware of the circumstances surrounding this event and the assistant manager has their full support.”
No criminal complaint has yet been opened.