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Cops to investigat­e alleged assault on former United skipper Keane


are investigat­ing an alleged assault that took place against Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane inside the Highbury Bar at the Emirates

Stadium just before the full-time whistle as Arsenal beat Manchester United 3-1 yesterday.

Video footage has surfaced online of the incident in which Micah Richards can be seen holding a supporter by the collar during a heated confrontat­ion.

The commotion occurred as Keane and Richards made their way down to the side of the pitch to complete their post-match punditry duties when they became embroiled in an altercatio­n with a supporter, who is alleged to have thrown a head-butt at Keane before being thrown out of the Emirates Stadium by security staff.

An eye-witness exclusivel­y told Express Sport: “The incident occurred shortly before the 90thminute mark in the Highbury Bar for platinum members.

“The fan seemingly tried to head-butt Roy Keane. I then saw a mark between his eyebrows.

“Micah Richards stepped in and pushed the fan back against the door. I heard the altercatio­n and I was shocked to see the individual­s involved.

“Richards was very forceful at keeping the fan from attacking Keane and neither their security nor the door security could split the two apart. Keane was asking nearby staff to call the police.

“Additional security was called in and Richards and Keane followed until the fan was escorted downstairs via the escalator out of the building.

“Presumably, Keane and Richards then returned to their Sky Sports duties via the exit that they came in through next to where the video is shown.

“Afterwards, we noticed a small amount of blood on the floor on the route where the fan was led out. Seems like Micah Richards was acting as Roy Keane’s bodyguard.”

A Sky Sports spokespers­on said: “We understand the police are investigat­ing an alleged assault by a member of the public immediatel­y preceding the footage circulatin­g on social media. In the footage seen, Micah Richards was acting to diffuse a situation.” – Express Newspapers

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