One of the most surprising things about this season is that Roy Keane hasn’t been hauled before the FA, but that could be changing very soon. Keane was incandescent with rage after ref Peter Walton gave a soft penalty which killed the game for Sunderland, and also had a big problem with the events preceding Liam Miller’s sending off.
“The penalty killed the game for us. We were having a decent spell and when you’re 1-0 down you always have a chance, especially given how many late goals we’ve scored this season.I didn’t see the penalty properly but when you come to a place like Chelsea there’s every chance the referee is going to lean towards the home side.
“For the red card, there’s no doubt that when you raise your hands you don’t give the referee any choice.
“But it could have been avoided. Clearly you’re not allowed to tackle the England captain because there was a big issue made of it by Terry.”
Keane continued, pointing the blame not only at hapless ref Peter Walton but at John Terry and Claudio Pizarro. Keane said:
“John and Claudio Pizarro had a go at Liam. Obviously it was a foul but that was it, there was no nastiness to it.
“Now he’ll miss the next three games. Maybe the referee could have stepped in five second earlier.
“But John and Pizarro’s reaction disappointed me.”
Alas, the game is now over, and probably all poor Roy is going to have as a keepsake is a summons from the FA.