Former Sunderland boss, Gustavo Poyet, has expressed surprise at claims made by Kenny and Matt Doherty that Greek players dived and faked injuries in order to get Doherty sent off during a game several months ago. Poyet dismisses these claims, stating, “It’s football. Play the game, be men.” Greece is determined to secure a win in Dublin before facing Holland in a crucial match to maintain their chances of automatic qualification. Tensions arose when Kenny’s assistant, Keith Andrews, accused an unnamed Irish coach, close to Poyet, of helping Greece with their game plan. Poyet refutes these allegations, explaining that Dubliner Gary Dicker, who previously played for Brighton under Poyet and now serves as assistant manager for the Seagulls’ U21 team, attended a Greek training session but provided no information about Ireland. Poyet criticizes Andrews for his comments, calling them “cheap accusations”. Poyet emphasizes that he doesn’t invite people to watch his training sessions and doesn’t need insider information on the Republic of Ireland’s tactics. He highlights the adaptability of his team and his own experience as key factors in their preparation. Poyet defends Dicker’s integrity, stating that they primarily discussed Brighton’s playing style rather than Ireland. Reflecting on his own experience as a player, Poyet admits to diving frequently in his youth but was quickly advised by English coaches, such as Denis Wise, to abandon the practice. Poyet believes that Doherty’s sending-off was a result of his own mistake and urges his team to focus on intensity, power, and defending in their upcoming match. Poyet concludes by echoing his initial statement, emphasizing the importance of playing the game with skill and courage.
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