Thursday 18 January 2018

Roy Keane pleads not guilty to public order offence and will be called as a witness

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane

Kim Pilling

Ex-Manchester United and Republic of Ireland captain Roy Keane has denied committing a public order offence in an alleged road-rage incident with a taxi driver.

Keane, 43, is said to have behaved aggressively towards cabbie Fateh Kerar, 44, near traffic lights in Ashley Road, Altrincham, on January 30.

He did not attend a brief hearing at Trafford Magistrates' Court today but a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf by his lawyer.

He is accused of causing harassment, alarm or distress to Mr Kerar - a Section 4A Public Order offence.

The court heard the prosecution will call two witnesses - understood to be Mr Kerar and a taxi passenger - while the defence will call Keane and an additional witness.

No CCTV of the incident was captured, the court also heard.

Chairman of the bench Susan Craig adjourned the case until June 19 when Keane faces a trial at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court, , six days after Ireland face Scotland in a crucial Euro 2016 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium.

She stressed that Keane must attend on that occasion or the trial will proceed in his absence.

Mr Kerar, from Altrincham, says an altercation took place after he and his passenger noticed Keane in his Range Rover vehicle.

Keane, from Hale, Cheshire, enjoyed a trophy-laden career at Old Trafford and also played for Nottingham Forest and Celtic.

The straight-talking TV football pundit managed Sunderland and Ipswich Town and was assistant boss at Aston Villa before he quit to concentrate on a similar role he holds with the Republic of Ireland's national team.

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