ROBBIE KEANE has hit out at World Cup organisers after their dope testing regime denied him the opportunity to join in the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup celebrations.
Leeds striker Keane was ordered by FIFA officials to provide a urine sample moments after Ireland had secured their place in the last 16 with their 3-0 victory over Saudi Arabia - the second time in a week Keane had been randomly selected.
As a result, the Irish goal hero - who scored the opener against the Saudis - was denied the opportunity to join his team-mates in celebration. Sunderland winger Kevin Kilbane was also selected for testing.
Now, 21-year-old Keane has called for football chiefs to abandon urine tests in favour of blood tests and to select a time which suits the players. "I was called over straight after the final whistle and I didn’t even get time to go into the dressing room with the rest of the lads," said Keane.
"My name came out of the hat and I was unfortunate it did so for two games in a row. I drank about eight bottles of water to try and produce a sample. It took me almost three hours to produce a sample while I was held back for two-and-a-half hours after the Germany game.
"I didn’t get back to the team hotel until three o’clock in the morning. It’s a complete joke because people are asking me what was it like in the dressing room and I haven’t got a clue.
" It’s ridiculous and stupid from FIFA’s point of view. They’ve got to sort something out about the way they do these tests."