Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce has angrily demanded an apology from Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni after labelling the Italian's comments about Steven Reid "disgusting".
Reid, 28, has made just two Carling Cup appearances in nearly a year after sustaining a serious knee injury and saw his first-team comeback hindered recently with a niggling Achilles tendon complaint.
When asked about the player, Trapattoni cast doubt on whether he would ever be able to return to his best, saying a full recovery would be "very, very difficult", something which Reid himself declared his surprise at.
Allardyce, though, pulled no punches with his response on the matter, demanding action from both the Football Association of Ireland and Trapattoni himself.
"It's disgraceful, completely out of order," said the Rovers boss. "He's not talking correctly in terms of Steven's injury. What he is saying is completely untrue and something he should apologise for.
"He has undermined us as a football club, undermined Steven as a player and he has really been very, very naughty in what he has said. He should make a public apology and hopefully that will be the end of it."