Roy Keane was HEADBUTTED by a fan at the Emirates during Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Man United, as footage of fellow Sky Sports pundit Micah Richards restraining the man is posted online
- Micah Richards clashed with an Arsenal supporter at the Emirates on Sunday
- The Sky Sports pundit was defending Roy Keane after he had been attacked
- Keane was headbutted by the Arsenal fan after Man United were beaten 3-1
Roy Keane was allegedly assaulted by a fan inside the Emirates Stadium yesterday as he made his way to do his post-match duties for Sky Sports.
Mail Sport understands the 52-year-old former Manchester United captain was confronted by a man at the top of the West Stand as he was waiting for a lift to take him down to the pitchside area.
The man allegedly aimed a headbutt at Keane and hit the Irishman on the chest and chin, but was prevented from inflicting serious physical damage.
Footage circulating on social media last night showed Keane’s Sky Sports colleague Micah Richards grappling with the man to restrain him, but the supporter had left the vicinity before security guards arrived.
The incident happened shortly after Alejandro Garnacho had looked to have won the contest for United in the 88th minute.
Roy Keane was assaulted by a fan inside The Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon
Footage circulating on social media shows Keane’s colleague Micah Richards (middle with bag on) grappling with a man who tried to headbutt the Irishman (far right)
Keane (second from right) and Richards (far left) carried on with their post-match punditry duties after the incident
Keane and Richards, who were working with former Arsenal player Theo Walcott, had raced back to the studio to see what had happened, with Garnacho’s goal eventually being ruled out after a VAR check.
Keane, who had a tempestuous relationship with Arsenal during his playing career, was eventually escorted down to the pitchside area where he continued broadcasting.
A Sky statement sent to Mail Sport after the match revealed that the police are now investigating the alleged assault with Richards attempting to diffuse the situation.
‘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.’
The match itself the pair were working on reached boiling point before the full-time whistle with the Emirates a cauldron of noise after an eventful 113 minutes of action.
Marcus Rashford opened the scoring for United as they went ahead against the run of play by scoring on the counter-attack against a perilous Arsenal side.
Their joy was short-lived as Arsenal replied with an equaliser just 35 seconds later and finally the rivalry between two great rivals was reignited.
£105m summer arrival Declan Rice snatched a winner in the 96th minute to sent the home crowd into raptures, before Gabriel Jesus added a third as United searched for a last-gasp equaliser.
Keane and Arsenal have shared a fraught relationship over the years, with the 52-year-old’s rivalry with former Gunners captain Patrick Vieira the main focus of a tense relationship between the north and the south.
Arsenal versus Manchester United remains one of the Premier League’s most infamous rivalries. Between 1996 and 2004 the famous duo shared the English top-flight title as they dominated the rest of the division.
Keane was usually at the heart of that as he led the Red Devils out at Arsenal’s old stomping ground, Highbury, and even pre-match on Sunday described players as going out to ‘battle’.
The defining individual clash between two titans in this fixture is shared by Keane and Vieira and it all dates back to the Frenchman’s arrival on England’s shores 27 years ago after he joined from AC Milan.
Both in their prime, both captaining their teams and neither pulling punches even before they stepped out onto the pitch.
The most famous tunnel moment in English football history was between these two as Keane backed up a young Gary Neville and blasted Vieira for picking on the United full-back.
United would go on to win the affair 4-2 as referee Graham Poll attempted to keep Keane and Vieira away from one another inside the cramped pre-match space.