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Friday 2 December 2016

Roy Keane to go on trial today over alleged road-rage incident

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during a pitchside update. Gannon Park, Malahide, Co. Dublin today. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during a pitchside update. Gannon Park, Malahide, Co. Dublin today. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE

Republic of Ireland assisant manager and former Manchester United footballer Roy Keane will go on trial today over 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.

Keane will be in the dock at Manchester Magistrates' Court accused of causing harassment, alarm or distress to Mr Kerar - a Section 4A Public Order offence.

He has entered a not guilty plea at an earlier hearing.

Mr Kerar and a taxi passenger are expected to give evidence for the prosecution, while the defence will call Keane and an additional witness.

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

The tough-tackling midfielder enjoyed a trophy-laden career at Old Trafford and also played for Nottingham Forest and Glasgow Celtic.

His no-nonsense approach, on and off the field, has seen him establish himself as a straight-talking TV football pundit.

Keane, from Hale, Cheshire, has also 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.

He will appear in court later today.

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