Monday 21 August 2017

Roy Keane's self-deprecation raised a few laughs in court today

Ex-Manchester United footballer Roy Keane arriving at Manchester Magistrates' Court, where he was cleared over an alleged road-rage incident with taxi driver Fateh Kerar.
Ex-Manchester United footballer Roy Keane arriving at Manchester Magistrates' Court, where he was cleared over an alleged road-rage incident with taxi driver Fateh Kerar.
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Even in the midst of a high-profile court case, Roy Keane's renowned dry humour was evident as his self-depreciating comment raised laughter at Manchester Magistrates' Court.

The Republic of Ireland assistant manager was cleared of aggressively confronting a taxi driver in an alleged road rage row.

The former Manchester United captain denied the public order offence after cabbie Fateh Kerar, 44, had told him to "cheer up" and smile.

District Judge Duncan Birrell was unconvinced over the evidence given by the taxi driver and cleared Keane of causing harassment, alarm or distress.

"It's my view, taking, as I have said, a careful account of the evidence, that they have failed to discharge their burden; therefore I find you not guilty," he said, adding that the evidence was "riddled with inconsistencies and improbabilities".

Earlier in the day Keane lightened the mood under cross-examination from the defence.

The 43-year-old was asked to clarify his career in management.

"Attempted management," was the response given, much to the amusement of a number of people within court.

Keane led Sunderland to the Premier League after taking over as manager in 2006, but resigned in December 2007 after the club lost five of its previous six matches. He had an under-whelming 21 months in charge of Ipswich Town, losing as many games as he won before he was sacked in January 2011.

Dismissing the case against Keane, the judge told Keane: "I have listened with great care to the evidence in your case. The burden of proof is on the prosecution.

"It's my view, taking, as I have said, a careful account of the evidence, that they have failed to discharge their burden; therefore I find you not guilty."

He told Keane: "You probably will regret getting out of the car."

He added that there was something of the "thwarted fan" about Mr Kerar and Keane's lawyer described the whole incident as a "storm in a tea cup".

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