Ireland coach Staunton handed one match ban

September 8, 2006

Republic of Ireland manager Steve Staunton has every faith in his backroom staff after today receiving a one-game touchline ban from UEFA.

Staunton will be forced to sit in the stands for Ireland's Euro 2008 qualifier against Cyprus in Nicosia following his dismissal during Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Germany.

In his first competitive match in charge, Staunton was sent off by referee Luis Medina Cantalejo for constantly protesting the Spaniard's decisions.

Following a meeting today of UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body in Nyon, Staunton has been suspended for one game, with no fine.

Reflecting on UEFA's decision, Staunton said: 'I fully understand the charge of improper conduct that was brought against me.

'I have apologised for my breach of acceptable behaviour on the night and I accept my punishment of a one-game ban.'

In the 1-0 Group D loss to the Germans, Staunton's frustrations spilled over late in the match when he kicked over a water bottle following Cantalejo's refusal to award Ireland a penalty.

Staunton had already received an earlier warning regarding his behaviour, leaving Cantalejo with no alternative but to send off the 37-year-old in the 75th minute.

Staunton compounded his actions by ripping off his accreditation from around his neck as me made his way towards the tunnel and throwing it to the floor.

UEFA's verdict is of no surprise, and under their rules it means Staunton will be allowed no contact with any member of the squad or his backroom staff from the moment they enter the GSP Stadium on October 7.

With or without Staunton in the dug-out, the pressure will be on to ensure Ireland come away with a result to get their campaign off and running.

Coach Kevin MacDonald will be the man in charge on the touchline, assuming Sir Bobby Robson again fails to make the trip.

The Republic's international football consultant, and the former England manager, continues to recover from recent surgery to remove a small brain tumour.

Although Robson is making good progress, Staunton would appear to be planning for the Cyprus clash without the 73-year-old on hand to lend his expertise.

Staunton returns to the technical area for the game with the Czech Republic at Lansdowne Road on October 11, but he is confident MacDonald can run the show in Cyprus.

'I'm now looking forward to the next match against Cyprus and to another positive display from the lads,' added Staunton.

'We got a lot right with our performance in Germany, but we can also learn from that game.

'Our preparations for the game in Nicosia will be similar to the German match.

'Myself and Kevin will use the week to work on our plans and tactics with a slightly larger squad than normal, given that we have two matches within a week.

'While I won't be with the players for the two hours before the game, I know Kevin has the full respect and confidence of the players and we will be looking for another strong performance from the boys.'