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Sunday 22 October 2017

Roy Keane regrets Fergie apology in book leak blunder

sir alex ferguson and roy keane at the opening of the manchester united shop in dublin yesterday
sir alex ferguson and roy keane at the opening of the manchester united shop in dublin yesterday
Aston Villa's assistant manager Roy Keane
Manchester United's goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel

ROY Keane reveals he regretted apologising to Alex Fergson after leaving Manchester United and that he was involved in a drink-fuelled punch-up with former goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel in his new book.

Details of The Second Half have been leaked in a howling blunder by a Tesco store in Manchester, which accidentally put the book on a shelf three days before the official release.

Publisher Weidenfeld & Nicolson was left stunned when copies of the book went on sale yesterday morning.

"A copy of Roy Keane's book was sold in error at our Burnage store," a Tesco spokesperson later said. "Colleagues are currently investigating how this happened."

Passages of the book have now already been published.

At one point, the former Manchester United captain provides the chronology of the falling out with both his manager Ferguson and his assistant Carlos Queiroz.

The incident divided United supporters over their allegiance to the two club heroes.

After they went their separate ways Keane approached the Scot to try to settle their differences.

"Now I kind of wish I hadn't," Keane writes in the book.

"Afterwards I was thinking, 'I'm not sure why I f****** apologised'. I just wanted to do the right thing.

"I was apologising for what had happened - that it had happened.

"But I wasn't apologising for my behaviour or stance. There's a difference - I had nothing to apologise for."

In another part of the book, Keane described an incident where he got into a fight with Peter Schmeichel.

"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.

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

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