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Tuesday, 13 August, 2002, 05:44 GMT 06:44 UK
Keane could face FA rap
Keane shouts at Haaland (on ground) after the tackle
Keane shouts at Haaland (on ground) after the tackle
Roy Keane could be in hot water with the Football Association after revealing he deliberately injured Alf-Inge Haaland.

The admission comes in the Manchester United midfielder's forthcoming autobiography, which is being serialised in two British newspapers.


Roy Keane has left himself open to action by comments like that
PFA chairman
Gordon Taylor

The Irishman says he "had waited long enough" to exact revenge on Haaland after suffering a knee injury while playing against the Norwegian in 1997.

Haaland was left with damaged knee ligaments after being fouled in the Manchester derby of April 2001 and has not started a game since.

Keane's book also reveals he added insult to injury by taunting Haaland while he lay stricken on the ground.

"And don't ever stand over me again sneering about fake injuries, and tell your pal (David) Wetherall there's some for him as well," Keane is quoted as saying.

Keane was sent off for the tackle - and in the book he claims: "I (didn't) wait for Mr Elleray to show the red card. I turned and walked to the dressing room."

An FA statement said: "These comments have been used in newspaper serialisations of Roy Keane's forthcoming autobiography.

Alf Inge Haaland in action on the day of the Keane tackle
Haaland says he may sue
"Having read the comments we would like to see the book in its full context before making any decision.

"However we clearly would never expect any one individual to set out to physically hurt an opponent at any level of the game."

The suggestion of a premeditated attack has also alerted Haaland, who has hinted he may take legal action against Keane.

The 29-year-old was quoted on Tuesday in British newspapers as saying: "Am I going to sue? Make your own mind up. I've played only a few games after the tackle.

"I will go in and see if I can find any of Keane's studs inside there."

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BBC Sport's Alistair Bruce-Ball
"Keane keeps making the wrong comments"
PFA Chief Gordon Taylor
"We've tried to mediate between them before"
Sports lawyer Max Duthie
"Haaland may claim damages"
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BBC Sport Online examines why Roy Keane's intentional foul on Alf Inge Haaland leaves a bad taste in the mouth
A stud too far?


Jaap Stam and Roy Keane have both made newspaper revelations about life at Manchester United.
Stam's cautionary tale

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13 Aug 02 | Football
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