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Wednesday, 16 October, 2002, 16:41 GMT 17:41 UK
FA ruling favours Haaland
Manchester City's Alf Inge Haaland
Haaland is considering legal action against Keane
Alf Inge Haaland's lawyer believes any possible legal action by the player against Roy Keane could be helped by the Football Association's decision to punish the Manchester United captain.

Keane was given a five-match ban and a record 150,000 fine after being found guilty on two charges of bringing the game into disrepute at a FA hearing.

The disrepute charges related to a claim in Keane's autobiography that he deliberately set out to hurt Manchester City midfielder Haaland in a game in April 2001.

Haaland has not played a full game since, and the Norwegian and City are considering taking Keane to court.

"You could say it was positive, but then again, it wasn't unexpected," Steinfeldt told the website www.nettavisen.no

The lawyer feels they will have to convince the courts that Keane acted intentionally, that Haaland's injury was a direct result of Keane's tackle and that Haaland has suffered financially because of the injury.

Steinfeldt added: "We're working on preparing the lawsuit and, although it's impossible to say when it will happen.

"I don't think we're too far away. I think it could well happen before the new year."

 VOTE RESULTS
Is Roy Keane's punishment just?

Too harsh
 18.10% 

Fair
 16.44% 

Too lenient
 65.46% 

30429 Votes Cast

Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion
Roy Keane faces a three-match suspension for his red card at Sunderland

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