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Roy Keane made amends with many rivals but Alf Inge Haaland feud still burns

Roy Keane v Alf Inge Haaland

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Roy Keane rages at Alf Inge Haaland as their rivalry reached boiling point in
2001. ‘The ball was there (I think). Take that, you c***,’ Keane later wrote. Photo: Gary M Prior/Allsport

Roy Keane rages at Alf Inge Haaland as their rivalry reached boiling point in 2001. ‘The ball was there (I think). Take that, you c***,’ Keane later wrote. Photo: Gary M Prior/Allsport

Roy Keane rages at Alf Inge Haaland as their rivalry reached boiling point in 2001. ‘The ball was there (I think). Take that, you c***,’ Keane later wrote. Photo: Gary M Prior/Allsport

Some battles are fought behind closed doors, or in the privacy of a training ground or a dressing room, taking time for the enmity to seep out and become public.

The rivalry between Roy Keane and Alf Inge Haaland was, from when the first blow was landed, fought in full view, reminiscent of gladiators in ancient Rome.

This is a family newspaper but it's hard to tell the story of Keane v Haaland without a lot of asterisks. "I f****** hit him hard. Take that you c***. He was an absolute p***k."