The Premier League record goal scorer Alan Shearer recalls that famous bust-up he had with the Manchester United and Irish captain Roy Keane all those years ago at St. James Park, Speaking to The Athletic Shearer opens up about the incident.
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“When you went from the pitch into the tunnel at St James’, there were a set of steps and then you split towards the home or away dressing-rooms,” Shearer writes.
“When the final whistle went, Roy was standing at the top of the stairs waiting for me. I’m pretty sure a few more choice words exchanged, there was some bustling and scrambling.
“But there were way too many people between us for anything physical to actually happen. That’s usually how it pans out in football.”
Roy Keane’s View
“A bloody mess, a shambles, me worse than anyone,” Keane says of Man United’s defeat.
“I grab the ball to take a throw-in. It’s injury-time, deep in our half. Shearer stops me from taking the throw-in. He’s taking the piss. I lose it, throw the fucking ball at him.
“‘You prick,’ he sneers. The way he says it, I know he really means it.
“I go for him, try to grab him by the throat. He’s grinning. ‘You prick.’ He gestures dismissively. The red card comes out. Shearer’s right. I am a prick. Fell into a trap.”