Roy Keane allegedly throws punch as police called

Keane appears to be under investigation  (©GettyImages)

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has allegedly thrown a punch at a fan outside a hotel in Ireland, reports the Independent. 

The Manchester United hero, who is also the assistant manager at Premier League outfit Aston Villa, reportedly called the police after the altercation. 


Keane, of course, is no stranger to controversy on and off the pitch, but it remains to be seen as to whether he will be in any serious trouble after the investigation takes place. 

Regarding the incident, a spokesman for the police said: “Gardai attended the scene of a minor incident at a hotel in Portmarnock this afternoon. We are fully investigating.

In fact, one witness has suggested that the fan was reading Keane's booked and asked the former Manchester United midfielder to sign it. However, after Keane refused to do so, it appears that there was a heated exchange between the two. 

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The witness told the Irish Mirror: “One guy was reading Roy's book and wanted him to sign it. I think Roy told him no and then there were words exchanged.

“It all just kicked off from there. There was lots of roaring and shouting after.

“An ambulance was called and your man was taken away. The players were coming in and out of the bar before and then they were called in to a private room. Everybody in the bar is talking about it. You don't see something like that every day."

However, despite the police being called, it appears that no arrests were made, and the Football Association of Ireland have released a statement, insisting that they're fully behind Keane and the management team. 

The Football Association of Ireland said in a statement: “Roy Keane called the Gardai following the incident.

“The manager, Martin O'Neill, and the FAI are fully aware of the circumstances surrounding this event, and the assistant manager has their full support.”

Republic of Ireland focus 

Keane's focus will now turn to the Republic of Ireland's clash with rivals Scotland, as the two sides go head-to-head at Hampden Park in European Championship qualifying on Friday night.

Both international sides will be desperate to secure a positive result after making a positive start in Group D. Keane and Co. will then travel back to Ireland, as the national side play host to the USA in a friendly on Tuesday. 

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