Tuesday 23 January 2018

New bust up for Roy is a 'mountain out of a molehill', insists O'Neill

Martin O'Neill
Martin O'Neill
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

AFTER Roy Keane’s third rage allegation in as many months, Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is standing defiantly by his assistant after hearing his side of the story.

Police in the UK have confirmed they are investigating the incident.

Last November, Keane was at the centre of a row with an Irish fan at a hotel in Portmarnock.

Frank Gillespie claimed he was injured in a run-in with Keane and spoke of the 'terrifying moment' the Manchester United star stood over him as he lay on the floor.

While a month later Keane was in the eye of the storm yet again when he stormed to Tom Cleverley's house to confront him over reports that Keane had an altercation with another player the day before he left Aston Villa, blaming Cleverley for circulating the stories.

But Martin O'Neill stood loyally by Keane in the wake of these latest allegations, insisting it was a mountain out of a molehill and that he did not find the publicity surrounding Roy to be a distraction.

"As long as he is good for Ireland, which he has been, then I am very happy," he said. "And do you know what? I am sure there will be more incidents. Probably by next weekend," he joked.

AFTER Roy Keane's third rage allegation in as many months, Ireland manager Martin O'Neill is standing defiantly by his assistant after hearing his side of the story.

Police in the UK have confirmed they are investigating an alleged incident where the former Manchester United star is said to have become embroiled in an altercation with a taxi driver after the man urged him to "smile".

At an FAI launch yesterday of a sponsorship deal with Spar, Martin O'Neill admitted that reports of the alleged incident were a concern. "I can't say it doesn't bother me," he said. "Of course it might be a concern. I have spoken to Roy about it."

"The phrase mountain out of a molehill comes to mind. I am prepared to listen to what Roy has said about the incident. When the full information comes out, I think we will see how the story has been exaggerated," he said.

Taxi driver Fateh Kerar claimed to have been left "shaken and terrified" by the alleged incident on Friday.

Keane's car was stopped when the driver of the taxi and his passenger recognised the former player and attempted to speak to him.

"We were both saying 'that's Roy Keane' but he was just glaring back at us, looking really angry," Fateh Kerar said.

"I said 'hello' to him, then said 'smile'." He claimed Keane drove behind him going into Altrincham centre in Manchester and as they reached traffic lights, stopped behind him.

"He got out of his car in the middle of the road, held two fingers up and walked out in front of me. He was pointing and swearing and being very aggressive." His passenger, Hothan Isman, claimed Kerar was visibly shaken.

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed they are investigating the incident.

Last November, Keane was at the centre of a row with an Irish fan at a hotel in Portmarnock.

Frank Gillespie claimed he was injured in a run-in with Keane and spoke of the "terrifying moment" the former Manchester United star stood over him as he lay on the floor.

But Martin O'Neill stood loyally by Keane in the wake of these latest allegations, insisting it was a mountain out of a molehill and that he did not find the publicity surrounding Roy to be a distraction.

"As long as he is good for Ireland, which he has been, then I am very happy," he said. "And do you know what? I am sure there will be more incidents. Probably by next weekend," he joked.

Irish Independent

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