Thursday 20 June 2019

Roy Keane on Highbury tunnel row: If it had come to a fight, Patrick could probably have killed me

Roy Keane during the incident at Highbury
Roy Keane during the incident at Highbury

Roy Keane has said that Patrick Vieira 'probably would have killed me' if the infamous Highbury tunnel spat between Arsenal and Manchester United in February 2005 had escalated.

Writing in his new autobiogrphy, Keane said: "If it had come to a fight, Patrick could probably have killed me."

He claims to have been calm and collected prior to the incident but lost the plot when Gary Neville returned to the united dressingroom claiming that Vieira had been shouting at him.

“As I walked to the front I heard something going on at the top of the tunnel," he writes. "All I could see was a few fingers, pointing at Gary. I lost it. Five seconds earlier I'd been perfectly calm, in the zone, ready for the match.

“I'd thought they might have booted him out on the pitch. But in the tunnel? I just thought 'The f******'. They were trying to bully him. They were a big team and, in the tunnel, they were even bigger. So I said to myself 'Alright, let's go'.

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United went on to win the Premier League clash 4-2, with neither side punished for the fracas.

The relationship between Keane and Vieira has softened in recent times when the pair took part in a ITV documentary 'Keane and Vieira: Best of Enemies'.

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