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Roy urges old teammate to get help for alcoholism

Fergus Black

Published 30/04/2010 | 05:00

ROY Keane yesterday came to the aid of his troubled former Irish teammate Paul McGrath, who is at the centre of an alleged assault investigation.

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Soccer legend McGrath -- who retired from the game in 1998 and who has battled against alcoholism for years -- was questioned in connection with an alleged assault of a man in an incident in Co Wexford this week. Gardai are also investigating an unauthorised taking of a car.

Gardai confirmed yesterday that officers in Ferns were investigating a minor assault and the unauthorised taking of a car in the early hours of last Monday.

"A 50-year-old man had been arrested in relation to the alleged incident and a file was being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions," said a spokesperson.

Yesterday, Ipswich boss Roy Keane, who like McGrath is a former Manchester United player, said he had "a lot of time" for Paul.

"No one likes to see an ex- team mate struggling," he said of McGrath.

McGrath won 83 caps for Ireland before finally hanging up his boots more than a decade ago.

Speaking at yesterday's launch in Dublin, Keane said: "If it was down to everyone wishing him well he'd be fine. But it doesn't matter what I say. Paul's got to get the help himself -- he knows where to get it."

Only last December, ex-defender McGrath vowed in an interview to mark his 50th birthday to quit drink before he died of it.

"I'm 50 years of age and I just can't go on drinking the way I have been -- it's killing me," he said.

Irish Independent

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