Irish chiefs dismiss Keane 'assault' reports
13 November 2014, 09:19
Dublin - Republic of Ireland football chiefs came to the defence of assistant manager Roy Keane late Wednesday following reports that he had allegedly attacked a member of the public outside the team's hotel 48 hours before their European Championship qualifier against Scotland.
The FAI said Keane had their "full support" after reports of the incident, said to have taken place outside the luxury Links Hotel in Portmarnock, north Dublin, appeared on the websites of several British and Irish newspapers.
"Following inaccurate media reports which refer to an incident involving a member of the public this evening at the Republic of Ireland team hotel, we wish to clarify that Roy Keane called the Gardai (Irish police) following the incident," a statement issued by the FAI said.
"The manager, Martin O'Neill and the FAI are fully aware of the circumstances surrounding this event, and the Assistant Manager (Keane) has their full support."
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As a player, Keane was renowned for a fiery competitiveness which sometimes led to ill-discipline notably with a reckless tackle on Manchester City's Alf-Inge Haaland in 2001. Keane subsequently admitted he had deliberately tried to injure Haaland.
More recently, former Manchester United captain Keane, now also the assistant to manager Paul Lambert at English Premier League side Aston Villa, has become best-known for his long-running feud with retired Old Trafford boss Alex Ferguson, with the pair criticising each other in their respective autobiographies.