Saturday 22 October 2016

Roy Keane denies allegations of road-rage

Kim Pilling

Published 09/04/2015 | 02:30

Roy Keane
Roy Keane

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane denied committing a public order offence in an alleged road-rage incident with a taxi driver.

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The ex-Manchester United footballer (43) is said to have behaved aggressively towards cabbie Fateh Kerar (44), near traffic lights in Ashley Road, Altrincham, England on January 30 last.

He did not attend a brief hearing at Trafford Magistrates' Court yesterday but a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf.

He is accused of causing harassment, alarm or distress to Mr Kerar, a Section 4A Public Order offence. The court heard the prosecution will call two witnesses - understood to be Mr Kerar and a taxi passenger - while the defence will call Keane and an additional witness.

No CCTV of the incident was captured, the court also heard.

The assistant manager will face trial at Manchester Magistrates' Court on June 19.

Mr Kerar, from Altrincham, says an altercation took place after he and his passenger noticed Keane in his Range Rover vehicle.

The Cork native joined Manchester United from Nottingham Forest in 1993 and enjoyed a trophy-laden career at Old Trafford until falling out with then manager Alex Ferguson in 2005.

He went on to play for Celtic before retiring from the game and entering management and television work.

The straight-talking pundit was assistant boss at Aston Villa before taking on his assistant manager role with the Ireland squad.

Irish Independent

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