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Richardson accepts Keane axe
13 May 2008 - 12:00:32
Sunderland midfielder Kieran Richardson has revealed that he was left out of the squad for the 1-0 home defeat by Arsenal after reporting late for training in the week.
The 23-year-old fell foul of the hard-line approach of Black Cats boss Roy Keane, but Richardson has no complaints over his axing.
He told the Sunderland Echo: "I spoke to the gaffer about it and it's fine. There are no hard feelings.
"I appreciate the decision from him, that's football. I was there on Sunday supporting the lads.
"They played well against Arsenal, they were unlucky. Now I'll get ready for next season.
"During the week there was an incident where I was late for training due to my train being late. That's pretty much the reason why I was left out.
"I expect that of the manager. If you're not in on time, you don't get in the squad.
"It's one of those things. The train was late, there was a crash on the way so I was late, but that's football. It's the first time I've been late."