Six of the most infamous altercations involving Roy Keane
Roy Keane is no stranger to altercations. Here are six of the most infamous rows involving the Cork native.
Jack Charlton, June, 1991
A teenage Keane kept the Ireland bus waiting in Boston after a team night on the tiles following an Ireland friendly with the United States. A furious Jack Charlton lambasted Keane on his arrival: “Nineteen years old, your first trip, do you have any idea how long we have been waiting?” Keane replied: “I didn’t ask you to wait, did I?”
Maurice Setters, June, 1994
Charlton frogmarched his assistant Maurice Setters and Roy Keane into a press conference to deny reports of a training-ground row between the pair during the 1994 World Cup. The then 22-year-old denied all and later claimed he was a “convenient patsy” in his autobiography, who “like a fool, I played the role, the anger only rising in me when I walked into the glare of the television lights.”
Peter Schmeichel, 1998
Manchester United team-mate Peter Schmeichel was left with a black eye after a late-night fight with Keane in a Hong Kong hotel during the side’s pre-season tour to Asia. Alex Ferguson gave the pair a dressing down, branding them “a disgrace to the club” for the incident which woke up Bobby Charlton.
Mick McCarthy, May, 2002
Keane divided the nation when walking out of Ireland’s training camp in Saipan ahead of the 2002 World Cup following a row with manager Mick McCarthy. McCarthy confronted the Corkman after he complained about team facilities in a newspaper interview. Keane responded: “Mick, you’re a liar … you’re a f**king w****r. I didn’t rate you as a player, I don’t rate you as a manager, and I don’t rate you as a person. You’re a f**king w****r and you can stick your World Cup up your a***.”
Alex Ferguson, March, 2006
Keane left Manchester United after attacking several of his team-mates in an MUTV interview, reserving his most stinging-comments for Rio Ferdinand, saying, “Just because you are paid £120,000-a-week and play well for 20 minutes against Tottenham, you think you are a superstar.” A fuming Alex Ferguson ordered the tape to be pulled before Keane later left the club.
Anthony Stokes, March, 2007
Anthony Stokes was one of three players who Keane, then Sunderland manager, left behind when they were five minutes late for the team bus. Keane said: “I know they’ve not killed anybody and I can be quite a forgiving person but ultimately the team comes first,” Keane added. “There had been that lacklustre approach but you must draw the line somewhere.”
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