London 2012 Olympics: Ryan Giggs riled by Senegal’s ‘naughtiness’

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Craig Bellamy of Great Britain goes down aS Neil Taylor of Great Britain reacts during the Men's Football first round Group A Match of the London 2012 Olympic Games between Great Britain and Senegal, at Old Trafford on July 26, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Craig Bellamy of Great Britain goes down aS Neil Taylor of Great Britain reacts during the Men's Football first round Group A Match of the London 2012 Olympic Games between Great Britain and Senegal, at Old Trafford on July 26, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Ryan GIGGS has claimed Senegal’s Sadio Manu could have been sent off three times for the number of bad challenges he made in last night’s 1-1 draw with Great Britain.

The British return to the men’s football tournament for the first time since 1960 turned flat when Moussa Konate struck an equaliser eight minutes from time.

But Giggs was left fuming at the robust Senegal approach, which makes Craig Bellamy and Joe Allen doubtful for Sunday’s Wembley showdown with United Arab Emirates.

“There were a few naughty challenges in there and a few of our lads are probably struggling for Sunday now,” said Giggs.

“There was no consistency.

“Craig Bellamy got booked going in for a header and then there were some ridiculous challenges but you don’t even see a yellow card.

“I don’t know how many fouls the number 10 had but in a Premier League game he’d probably have been sent off three times.”

Meanwhile, at Hampden, ten-man Spain fell to a surprise 1-0 defeat to Japan in their opening match. Yuki Otsu’s first-half goal proved decisive as Spain had Inigo Martinez sent off. The Asians are top of Group D after Honduras and Morocco’s 2-2 draw earlier in the day.