Roy Keane “fight” under investigation at Republic of Ireland team hotel
A man is thought to have approached Keane to sign book before being rebuffed
November 13th, 2014
Controversy follows Roy Keane around like a bad smell and the Republic of Ireland assistant manager has hit the headlines today after an alleged altercation with a man staying in the same hotel as the Irish team.
While there is no police investigation into the incident, the man in question left the hotel in an ambulance on Wednesday night after it was reported he asked Keane to sign a copy of his book before being rejected.
The FAI are fully supportive of the incident while the hotel investigate the altercation which takes place just two days before the Republic of Ireland face Scotland in Glasgow as part of their Euro 2016 qualification campaign.
“Following inaccurate media reports which refer to an incident involving a member of the public this evening at the Republic of Ireland team hotel, we wish to clarify that Roy Keane called the Gardai following the incident,” a statement read.
“The manager, Martin O’Neill and the FAI are fully aware of the circumstances surrounding this event and the assistant manager has their full support.
One source quoted by the Irish Daily Mirror claimed the incident had quickly spiralled out of control.
“One guy was reading Roy’s book and wanted him to sign it. I think Roy told him no and then there were words exchanged,” he said.
“It all just kicked off from there. There was lots of roaring and shouting after. An ambulance was called and your man was taken away. The players were coming in and out of the bar before and then they were called into a private room. Everybody in the bar is talking about it. You don’t see something like that every day.”