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Former Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand told guests at the Dublin Web Summit how savage criticism from his former captain, Roy Keane, gave him an edge in football. He also revealed that death threats and abusive comments are the norm for sportsmen and women. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Former Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand told guests at the Dublin Web Summit how savage criticism from his former captain, Roy Keane, gave him an edge in football. He also revealed that death threats and abusive comments are the norm for sportsmen and women. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Former Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand told guests at the Dublin Web Summit how savage criticism from his former captain, Roy Keane, gave him an edge in football. He also revealed that death threats and abusive comments are the norm for sportsmen and women. Photo: PA

Former Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand told guests at the Dublin Web Summit how savage criticism from his former captain, Roy Keane, gave him an edge in football. He also revealed that death threats and abusive comments are the norm for sportsmen and women. Photo: PA

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Adam Richman at the Web Summit in The RDS during an Interview with Independent.ie's Caitlin McBride

Adam Richman at the Web Summit in The RDS during an Interview with Independent.ie's Caitlin McBride

Model and Actress Lily Cole speaking at the Web Summit in Dublin

Model and Actress Lily Cole speaking at the Web Summit in Dublin

Former Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand told guests at the Dublin Web Summit how savage criticism from his former captain, Roy Keane, gave him an edge in football. He also revealed that death threats and abusive comments are the norm for sportsmen and women. Photo: Steve Humphreys

FORMER Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed how he thought that Roy Keane was "crazy" after his first training session with the team.

Ferdinand (35) was speaking to the sports part of Dublin's Web Summit in the RDS when he spoke about his first impressions of the Ireland football star.

"One of my first training sessions, I got the ball and passed it to Gary Neville, who was on my team in the training session. In a normal world, that was a good ball. You pass to your team-mate, then you go up the pitch," he said.

But Ferdinand, who now plays for QPR, said that Keane told him to pass the ball forward.

Ferdinand told the audience that Keane told him: "Take risks. You're not at Leeds or West Ham now, you're at Man United."

Ferdinand continued: "I stood there and thought 'this guy is crazy'. Pass it to a team-mate, that's what you're taught as a kid. I got home and thought this guy is nuts. How am I going to deal with him on a daily basis?"

But he praised his former captain's approach and said that it stood to him throughout his career.

"He [Keane] was aggressive in that sense but I liked that stuff," he said.

Also speaking at the summit was model Lily Cole, who said that her favourite fashion brand was Edun, the "ethical" label owned by Bono and Ali Hewson.

The 26-year-old, who only does select modelling gigs after completing her History of Art degree from Cambridge University, has also co-founded impossible.com, a social network based on exchange of goodwill.

"[I support] this designer, Edun that I'm wearing, where the clothes are manufactured in Africa," she explained.

"There's a huge number of really fascinating companies that I would like to try to champion."

On Tuesday, she enjoyed a dinner with fellow speaker Eva Longoria and Vanity Fair's Editor-at-Large Jemima Khan in Dublin. Adam Richman, who hosted the cult hit American TV series Man v Food, was also at the event and revealed that he had studied in Ireland in the 1990s.

And he spoke about his friendship with The Script's guitar player Mark Sheehan.

"I'm friends with Mark from The Script, who recommended a lot of good places," he said. "I went to Pig's Ear on Nassau Street.

"Then there's Fade Street Social, The Greenhouse and Chapter One if I can."

Richman praised the Dublin food scene and highlighted it as a major European attraction for the foodie traveller.

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