Organisers of the joint Ireland-Scotland bid to host the 2008 European Championships, believe that the current controversy surrounding Roy Keane will do little damage to their bid.

Keane has launched a series of attacks against the FAI ranging from the treatment of International players to the Irish squad's training facilities during the build up to the World Cup. The FAI have now launched an independent review into Ireland's role at the World Cup, but they insist that this will have no bearing on the Euro 2008 bid.

Bid director John Henderson said of the review "That is irrelevant to our bid. We are asked a similar question whenever one of our teams is playing a team from another bidding country and our answer is the same. We believe what is relevant is whether we have met the guidelines laid down and whether we can also deliver something extra by bringing a sense of excitement and a festival atmosphere."

Henderson is confident of the success of the bid, despite facing stiff competition from Austria and Switzerland and a joint Scandinavian bid. "We are focusing on our own strengths, not on our rivals. We believe that our bid is strong, with great stadia, great infrastructure and great stadia. Now we need to demonstrate and prove that what we said in our bid document can be delivered."

Filed by Rob Wright