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Sunday 20 August 2017

Roy urges old teammate to get help for alcoholism

Fergus Black

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.

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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