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Fifa investigating Robbie Brady's alleged 'headbutt' on Wales captain Ashley Williams

The Ireland wide man was involved in an incident during last night’s qualifier and could potentially miss the play-off if found guilty.

FIFA ARE LOOKING into an incident involving Ireland’s Robbie Brady and Wales skipper Ashley Williams during last night’s World Cup qualifier.

The Boys in Green claimed a place in the play-off thanks to their courageous 1-0 victory in Cardiff, with James McClean finding the winner in the second half.

Minutes after the goal, Brady was shoved to the ground by Everton defender Williams and the Dubliner then appeared to brush his head off the back of his opponent after getting back to his feet.

And world football’s governing body have confirmed to Sky Sports that they are investigating an alleged “headbutt” by the Burnley wide man.

It would be extremely harsh if they charged Brady as there appeared to be very little to the off-the-ball incident, but it will be a worry for Ireland manager Martin O’Neill as he would be without a key man for next month’s play-off if found guilty.

Speaking on Sky Sports last night, ex-Wales and Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy played it down — saying there is “no chance” Brady deserves a ban.

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