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Man charged with common assault over Roy Keane headbutt allegations

Roy Keane commentating for Sky Sports
Roy Keane was working as a pundit when he was allegedly headbutted - Getty Images/Simon Stacpoole

A man has been charged with common assault after the former Manchester United captain Roy Keane was allegedly head-butted last year.

It follows an incident at Arsenal’s 3-1 win over United at the Emirates Stadium last September, where Keane was working as a Sky Sports pundit. Scott Law, from Waltham Abbey in Essex, is now scheduled to appear at Highbury Magistrates Court on March 14 having been charged via post last month.

Footage was posted on social media after the incident, with former England and Manchester City defender Micah Richards attempting, in the words of Sky Sports, to “defuse the situation”.

Sky said that the footage of Richards was filmed immediately after the alleged assault.

It is understood that the broadcaster launched a review of its security arrangements in the aftermath of the incident, which was thought to have taken place as Keane moved through a group of fans on his way to a pitchside punditry position.

Telegraph Sport understands that Sky is aware that some grounds are more challenging than others, as some arenas require the former players to travel through densely populated sections on their way to their commentary and punditry positions.

Arsenal issued a statement after the match last year, saying that they were “aware of an incident” and that they were fully cooperating with the police investigation.

At the time, a Sky Sports spokesperson also said: “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 defuse a situation.”

Keane was captain of Manchester United at the height of their epic on-field rivalry with Arsenal under Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsène Wenger and was involved in a now infamous confrontation in the old Highbury tunnel with Patrick Vieira.

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