Former Man United goalkeeper Roy Carroll divides opinion for clear snub of Cliftonville players
This has definitely caused a stir.
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll was having no part in the pre-match handshakes between his Linfield side and the Cliftonville players.
Both teams faced off at Solitude on Saturday afternoon and the Irish League derby ended in a 1-1 draw.
The result was not the main talking point, however, was Carroll opted to walk past the entire Cliftonville team and bypass the handshakes.
The rest of his teammates shook hands, but Carroll strode by. This caused some consternation within the Cliftonville squad and elicited a noisy reaction from the crowd.
— Chris white (@mrcwhite86) August 25, 2018
Joe Gormley opened the scoring for Cliftonville but Michael O'Connor grabbed an equaliser wuth just five minutes to play.
The decision of Carroll to ignore the pre-match tradition stoked a strong response. We have opted not to show some of the worst of them but this is just a taste:
Well done Roy Carroll, I'd have done the same.
— David Purvis (@dp_ni) August 25, 2018
Super, Super Roy, Super Roy Carroll
— Glenn P (@glenn10k) August 25, 2018
If Cliftonville can make high profile political statements at a cup final then you can’t really take the moral high ground when someone disagrees with what you done.
— Is That Right Mate? (@DryYerEyes86) August 25, 2018
— Blue Devil (@Trashvilleblue) August 25, 2018
This is utterly pathetic by Roy Carroll https://t.co/8m6uEqn6uU
— Ally Lamont (@AllyLamont1984) August 25, 2018
Disappointing isnt even the word. Plenty of heart but obvious lack of quality....
Long story short - 2 points dropped badly & Roy Carroll is a TRAMP 🖕
— Mitch1916 (@THEMITCH8) August 25, 2018
Childish immature and disrespectful...roy carroll should be heavily fined by IFA
— WayneLonely (@waynelonely41) August 25, 2018
It will be interesting to hear the Northern Ireland international's reasoning for the stance.