Wednesday 19 June 2019

Roy Keane: I head-butted Peter Schmeichel during a Manchester United pre-season tour

Aston Villa's Peter Schmeichel and Manchester United's Roy Keane clash in 2001
Aston Villa's Peter Schmeichel and Manchester United's Roy Keane clash in 2001

Roy Keane has revealed how he once head-butted Peter Schmeichel giving his then Manchester United team-mate a black eye while on a pre-season tour in 1998.

Keane reveals the details of the altercation in his new book, Roy Keane: The Second Half, which will be released on Thursday.

"I had a bust-up with Peter when we were on a pre-season tour of Asia, in 1998, just after I came back from my cruciate injury," Keane writes in the book, which he has written in conjunction with Roddy Doyle.

"I think we were in Hong Kong. There was drink involved.

"The manager had a go at us as we were getting on the bus, and people were going on about a fight in the hotel the night before. It started coming back to me - the fight between me and Peter.

"In the meantime, Nicky Butt had been filling me in on what had happened the night before. Butty had refereed the fight. Anyway, Peter had grabbed me, I'd head-butted him - we'd been fighting for ages.

"At the press conference, Peter took his sunglasses off. He had a black eye. The questions came at him "Peter, what happened to your eye?"

"[Schmeichel] said, "I just got an elbow last night, in training". And that was the end of it."

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Keane writes about how Alex Ferguson dealt with the incident afterwards.

“The first day back at the training ground, the manager pulled myself and Peter into his office. “He knew exactly where we’d fought – I think he mentioned the 27th floor.

He told us that we were a disgrace to the club, and that we’d woken Bobby Charlton up, that Bobby had come out of his room and seen us. Peter took responsibility for the fight, which was good. I admired him for it. But Sir Bobby could have tried to break it up.”

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