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Thursday 14 December 2017

Trotters snap up Andrews

Ireland's top man at Euros bags Bolton deal but is slapped with Kazakhstan ban

Bolton have completed the signing of midfielder Keith Andrews on a three-year deal.

The Republic of Ireland international was a free agent after his contract at West Brom expired.

Andrews agreed a short-term deal at The Hawthorns in January having arrived on a free transfer from Blackburn, making 14 appearances for the Baggies and scoring twice.

He started all three of his country's games at Euro 2012, seeing red in the final Group C game against Italy, and the 31-year-old will offer vast experience to Owen Coyle's side.

"We are pleased to have been able to bring in Keith early in the transfer window as there were a number of clubs interested in signing him," Coyle said.

"He is highly experienced both in domestic and international football and he will bring strength, competition and a goalscoring threat to our midfield."

Meanwhile, it was confirmed that Andrews will be suspended for the Republic of Ireland's opening World Cup qualifier following his sending-off at the Euros.



CRASHED

An irate Andrews was given his marching orders for a second yellow card late on in the Republic's final group game as they crashed out of the tournament without a point.

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) this afternoon confirmed Andrews' one-match ban, with a further match suspended until after qualification for Euro 2016.

The 31-year-old will therefore miss the Republic's opener away to Kazakhstan on September 7.

"The Football Association of Ireland today confirmed that UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Committee has given Keith Andrews a two-match suspension with the second match suspended for a probationary period," an FAI statement read.

"The probationary period starts from the beginning of the Euro 2016 qualifying round until the end of play-offs of that tournament.

"The finding comes after the Committee considered the referee's report and a submission from the FAI in relation to the sending-off incident which occurred in the match against Italy on June 18.

"This means that Andrews will miss the opening World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan in September, but will be eligible for the opening home World Cup 2014 qualification match against Germany in October."

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