Roy Keane trial to begin on June 19th

CourtsBy Kevin Palmer
Keano given a court date in June
Keano given a court date in June

Roy Keane has been ordered to stand trial on June 19th over an alleged road rage incident, a Manchester court has decided.

Keane opted not to attend the court hearing and entered a plea of not guilty via his legal team following an incident that attracted plenty of headlines in recent weeks.

The court date followed an incident with cabbie Fateh Kerar, 44 on January 30th, where the Irishman was accused of behaving an an aggressive manner following a confrontation at a set of traffic lights.

It was made clear from the start of proceedings in court that there was no CCTV footage of the incident in question, with no further witnesses coming forward to offer additional evidence.

Yet Keane's hopes of having the case quashed at this initial hearing ended in disappointment as he was ordered to attend what is certain to be a high profile trial.

The former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland captain has yet to make any public comment on the incident, but Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill played down the incident when he spoke to reporters last month

"As far as I am aware and from what I am told, this incident has been blown out of all proportion," stated O'Neill.

"It is very much because we are talking about Roy here that the matter has gone any further and I am assured that there will be no big problem here."

The court confirmed that both Keane and Kerar will be asked to attend court as witnesses at the next court date.

The June 19th hearing will fall just a few days after the Republic of Ireland's crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland in Dublin, with Keane's behaviour certain to be the dominant story line in the days leading up to a game that is so vital to Ireland's hopes of making it through to next summer's finals.