Tuesday 19 September 2017

'Sport no help at time like this' - Keane

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

Roy Keane has told how the he was left shocked and saddened by the Manchester bomb attack.

But the Ireland assistant manager and former Manchester United captain said he did not believe sport can provide any real solace for those struck by the tragedy.

Keane has spent most of his time in England living in the Manchester area and was horrified by Monday's events.

"When it happens on your doorstep, it seems to hit home a bit more," said Keane yesterday, speaking while visiting his native Cork.

"It's shocking, it's the planet we live on where people try to walk in and injure innocent children. It's shocking."

The former Ireland captain said he did not subscribe to the view that Manchester United's Europa League final win over Ajax could provide any real comfort to those that were grieving.

"I don't get carried away that football can help any situations like that," said Keane.

"It kind of tells you how unimportant football is in a sense. Thinking that a sporting occasion or winning a trophy will at some stage help people who have been killed or lost people, that would not work for me, I know that.

"Manchester is a good city and obviously people will come together. I am not surprised by the reaction of the city in the last few days."

Irish Independent

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