In an exclusive interview with RTÉ News Roy Keane speaks of the events in Saipan that saw his departure from the Republic of Ireland World Cup squad.

The former Republic of Ireland soccer captain Roy Keane, sacked last week in a row with manager Mick MacCarthy, says that he would love to play in the World Cup.

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Speaking to RTÉ News, Keane says that maybe a way could be found to let him play in Japan. However, he warns that time is running out. He is very much aware of the amount of pain and confusion the row with Mick McCarthy has caused in Ireland but says he felt that he had been backed into a corner at the Ireland training camp in Saipan.

When reporter Tommie Gorman asks about the fallout in Saipan. Keane justifies his position and is determined to stand by his word saying,

I might be a lot of things but I'm not a liar.

Tommie Gorman points to the impact Keane's departure has had on people in Ireland.

The country would love you back and it would do so much to lift the morale of kids who'll never have a chance.

Roy Keane is sticking to his position.

I need to stand up for what I believe in.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 27 May 2002. The reporter is Tommie Gorman.