Keane hits out at journalists over row

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has rounded on journalists for questioning him about an incident last week in which he became involved in a row with a fan.

At the end of yesterday’s press conference, Keane — who declined to speak about the matter in front of TV cameras — objected when it was raised again by a print reporter.

“I’m not going to give you any comment on that,” said Keane. “Why would you think I have to give you an opinion on everything? Do you think you’ve a right to sit there and ask me anything you want and get an answer?

He seemed particularly angered that, in asking if the incident might be a “distraction” too many for Martin O’Neill, the journalist linked it with the recent publication of Keane’s book, as well as previous rumours that he might quit the Ireland job to become manager of Celtic.

Keane said: “What are you asking me for? What are you talking about? What distractions? Can I do anything about the Celtic stuff? Can I do anything about those things that come up?

“I’ve got to answer to you? No, I don’t. I answer to the FAI and Martin, and if we don’t get the results, I’ll be gone and you won’t lose a minute’s sleep, so don’t worry about distractions.”


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