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Roy Keane was allegedly involved in an incident at the Republic of Ireland hotel

Roy Keane was allegedly involved in an incident at the Republic of Ireland hotel

Sir Alex Ferguson, left, and Roy Keane, right, have been urged to make the peace

Sir Alex Ferguson, left, and Roy Keane, right, have been urged to make the peace

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Roy Keane was allegedly involved in an incident at the Republic of Ireland hotel

THE publicity bubble surrounding Roy Keane shows no sign of bursting anytime soon but his latest outpouring suggests the Corkman is ready to make peace with Alex Ferguson.

Keane feels Ferguson should say sorry for bad-mouthing him following his acrimonious departure from Old Trafford in 2005.

But in an interview with FourFourTwo magazine and asked whether he would ever go for a pint with Ferguson, Keane replied: “Well, it would be a cup of tea. If Alex apologises, then yes, I would.

“If Ferguson apologises I would be happy to move on... for Ferguson to bad-mouth me after I left, I think he does owe me an apology.”

He added: “It was never going to end as a pal’s act. I was never going to leave with champagne and flowers.

“I saw how Bryan Robson and Steve Bruce left the club, both decent United captains, and I didn’t like the way they left.

“If United fans say I had a decent career, then brilliant,” he said. “If they want to say, ‘What’s gone on with that Ferguson stuff?’ then f*** them.”

Meanwhile Paul Lambert has again underlined the fact that he and Keane split on good terms and that there was no falling out with senior players on the training ground.

Lambert has claimed there was “absolutely no bust-up” when Roy Keane quit as Aston Villa’s assistant manager.

Christian Benteke’s first goal in nine months handed Villa their first win in 10 games in an edgy 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace last night.

“If anyone wants to know about Roy, I’ll put it on your plate so you know: there’s absolutely no problem whatsoever,” said Lambert.

Lambert added: “He’s got a lot of commitments with Ireland, he’s never had a break from going away with Ireland, and never had a break from Aston Villa. So I totally respect his decision.

“Contrary to reports, there was absolutely nothing, absolutely no bust-up, no arguing, nothing like that. I thank him for his time coming to work for me.

“I spoke to him before the Burnley game, after the Burnley game, and we still have the same relationship. So I just want to put that to bed, alright?”


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