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Roy Keane due in court after taxi driver spat

NewsBy Kevin Palmer
Keano set for courtroom
Keano set for courtroom

Roy Keane is set to make an appearance in a Manchester courtroom on Wednesday following an alleged road rage incident with a taxi driver in January.

The Republic of Ireland assistant manager faces a public order charge after police received a complaint that he behaved in an aggressive manner following the confrontation with cabbie Fateh Kerar, 44, which is alleged to have happened at a set of traffic lights.

The incident took place on January 30th, when police responded to a report that a man was behaving in an aggressive manner, with Keane later identified as the figure at the centre of the complaint.

While the spat has been viewed by some as the latest Keano related high profile distraction for Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill, he insisted last month that he does not have any concerns about the behaviour of his assistant.

"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."

There have been suggestions that Keane is a distraction Ireland and O'Neill could do without, but the Republic of Ireland boss has rejected that view.

"I have no problem with Roy, no problem at all," added O'Neill. "Other than getting himself involved in taxi drivers, he has been fine."

The case was originally scheduled for last week and was postponed, with Keane yet to make any public comment on the incident.