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Saturday, 31 August, 2002, 17:29 GMT 18:29 UK
Keane's history of anger
Roy Keane
Keane after his infamous tackle on Alf Inge Haaland

Another day, another ban for Roy Keane.

The Manchester United skipper's fiery temper and outspoken nature mean his name is never far from controversy.

While the incidents change, Keane has been remarkably consistent at making headlines during the years - and not just for his disciplinary antics.

Sport Online reviews the action.

The Big Jack affair

Even as a teenager, Keane was unafraid to stand up to authority figures.

Following a friendly against the USA in Boston in 1991, the Republic of Ireland team were allowed a night out.

The next morning, Keane was late, with a furious Jack Charlton asking: "Do you have any idea how long we have been waiting?"

Keane replied, without a hint of fear: "I didn't ask you to wait, did I?"

The "prawn sandwich" brigade

Keane hit out at sections of Manchester United's support following what he felt was a poor atmosphere in the club's Champions League clash with Dynamo Kiev in November 2000.

He said: "Sometimes you wonder, do they understand the game of football?

"Away from home our fans are fantastic...but at home they have a few drinks and probably the prawn sandwiches, and they don't realise what's going on out on the pitch."

United "not good enough"

In April 2001, Keane claimed it may be time to break up the Manchester United team in the wake of the disappointing Champions League exit against Bayern Munich.

"The players gave it their all tonight but we are just not good enough and maybe it's time to move on.

"Maybe it's the end of the road for this team."

Players are "pieces of meat"

After the shock sale of Jaap Stam to Lazio, Keane made a call for more player power.

"His transfer illustrates how little power footballers have in the game. Contracts mean nothing," he stormed.

"He has discovered that, to football clubs, players are just expensive pieces of meat.

The harsh realities remain and when a club decide they want to sell there is little you can do."

The red mist descends

After Keane was sent off for the ninth time in his career against Newcastle in September 2001, he admitted he was struggling with his self-discipline.

"I try to maintain control, try to stay calm. But the red mist sometimes descends - and once that happens 50,000 people would not be able to stop me bursting into a fit of rage."

Players lack desire

Keane questioned the desire of some of his team-mates and warned - prophetically as it transpires - that the Red Devils could end the 2001-2002 season without a trophy.

Keane said: "Players should be proud to play and give 100%.

"We're not asking for miracles. We're asking them to do what they should be doing.

"When players don't do that it's bloody frustrating. We're going to find it hard to win the league and if we end up with no trophies there's something wrong."


Keane was sent home from the World Cup after what was described as a "slanging match" with Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy over conditions.

He said: "You've seen the training pitch and I'm not being a prima donna.

"Training pitch, travel arrangements, getting through the bloody airport when we were leaving, it's the combination of things."

The elbow

No sooner was Keane back in action, did his poor disciplinary record rear its ugly head again.

In one of the first few games of the season, he was sent off for elbowing former Irish team-mate Jason McAteer in a Premiership clash against Sunderland.

It was Keane's 10th dismissal in his Manchester United career.

United took advantage of his lay-off to have Keane undergo hip surgery, an operation from which he is still recovering.

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