Wednesday 22 May 2019

Alf-Inge Haaland tweets response to new Roy Keane book revelations

Manchester United's Roy Keane in action against Manchester City's Alfie Haaland in 2000
Manchester United's Roy Keane in action against Manchester City's Alfie Haaland in 2000

Former Southampton striker Egil Ostenstad asked former international team mate Alf-Inge Haaland what he thought about Roy Keane's lack of remorse for the tackle that ended his career.

Haaland tweeted the message: @Egilostenstad cant take a man seriously when hes got a beard like.... (alongside an image of a captured Saddam Hussein)."

He later deleted the post.

Roy Keane has reiterated his stance over the horror tackle that ended Alf-Inge Haaland's career by insisting he has "no regrets".

Writing in his first autobiography Keane admitted he set out to injure the Manchester City man on that day in 2001 and the former Manchester United midfielder has now spoken in a similar vein in his new autobiography The Second Half.

"There are things I regret in my life and he's not one of them," says Keane.

The feud between the two players began in 1997 when Keane ruptured his cruciate ligament while attempting to foul Haaland, who claimed his opponent was faking injury.

Keane then got his revenge four years later in vicious style, landing his studs on Haaland right knee during a Manchester derby at Old Trafford.

"I'd waited long enough. I f------ hit him hard. The ball was there (I think). Take that you c---," Keane wrote in his first autobiography.

"And don't ever stand over me sneering about fake injuries. Even in the dressing room afterwards, I had no remorse. My attitude was, f--- him.

"What goes around, comes around. He got his just rewards. He f----- me over and my attitude is an eye for an eye."

Keane, who had been fined £5,000 and given a three-match ban at the time of the tackle, was subject to an FA inquiry after the release of his first autobiography and received an additional five game ban and £150,000 fine.

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