Police probe Roy Keane 'headbutt' incident after heated row with fan at Arsenal v Man Utd game

4 September 2023, 07:14 | Updated: 4 September 2023, 14:49

Micah Richards and Roy Keane were seen in a row with a football fan
Micah Richards and Roy Keane were seen in a row with a football fan. Picture: Alamy/Social media

By Emma Soteriou

Football pundits Roy Keane and Micah Richards were seen in a heated row with a fan inside the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

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Police launched a probe into the incident after footage emerged online showing the clash between the two pundits and a fan.

It came after the Arsenal v Manchester United game, which saw Arsenal win 3-1.

The viral clip appeared to show Richards trying to "diffuse a situation" and restrain the man after he allegedly assaulted Keane.

Another man wearing a suit could also be seen trying to separate Richards and the fan before Keane shouted something.

The fan allegedly tried to headbutt Keane and hit him on the chest and chin but did not cause serious damage, according to Mail Sport.

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Keane and Richards were later escorted down to pitchside to continue broadcasting following the incident, it is understood.

The Metropolitan police confirmed they were looking into the incident, saying: "Police are investigating following an assault that is alleged to have occurred at the Emirates Stadium during an Arsenal v Manchester United match on Sunday, 3 September."

A statement sent from Sky to Mail Sport 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."

Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus fired Arsenal to a stunning 3-1 stoppage-time victory against Manchester United during the match.

Marcus Rashford brilliantly put Erik ten Hag's United ahead in the first half at the Emirates Stadium, only for Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard to impressively level 110 seconds later.

The match looked set to end in an absorbing draw after a penalty for a foul on Kai Havertz was overturned following a pitchside review, before the VAR ruled out substitute Alejandro Garnacho's late winner for narrowly straying offside.

United's wholehearted celebrations were cut short and there was still time for more drama in a jaw-dropping ending.

A deep corner found Rice to slam home his first Arsenal goal off the heel of Jonny Evans in the sixth minute of stoppage time, before substitute Jesus coolly added gloss for Mikel Arteta's men.

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