Former Old Trafford great spills all about spat with iconic goalkeeper.
Ex-Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane has a new book out on Friday and already some of it contents are proving to be very mouth watering indeed as he opens up about his fist fight with another of the club’s legends – Peter Schmeichel, the Daily Mirror reports.
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The book will apparently be an no holds barred affair, with many secrets coming to the fore, including his fall-out with goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel.
He said: “I had a bust-up with Peter when we were on a pre-season tour of Asia, in 1998, just after I came back from my cruciate injury. I think we were in Hong Kong. There was drink involved.
“There’d been a little bit of tension between us over the years, for football reasons. Peter would come out shouting at players, and I felt sometimes he was playing up to the crowd: ‘Look at me!’
“He was probably doing it for concentration levels, but I felt he did it too often, as if he was telling the crowd: ‘Look what I have to deal with’.
“He said ‘I’ve had enough of you, It’s time we sorted this out.’ So I said ‘Okay’ and we had a fight,. It felt like 10 minutes. There ws a lot of noise – Peter’s a big lad.
“I woke up the next morning. I kind of vaguely remembered the fight. My hand was really sore and one of my fingers was bent backwards.”
“The manager had a go at us as we were getting on the bus, and people were going on about a fight in the hotel the night before. It started coming back to me – the fight between me and Peter.
“In the meantime, Nicky Butt had been filling me in on what had happened the night before. Butty had refereed the fight. Anyway, Peter had grabbed me, I’d head-butted him – we’d been fighting for ages.
“At the press conference, Peter took his sunglasses off. He had a black eye. The questions came at him ‘Peter, what happened to your eye?'”
“[Schmeichel] said ‘I just got an elbow last night, in training’. And that was the end of it.
“The first day back at the training ground, the manager pulled myself and Peter into his office.
“He knew exactly where we’d fought – I think he mentioned the 27th floor. He told us that we were a disgrace to the club, and that we’d woken Bobby Charlton up, that Bobby had come out of his room and seen us.
“Peter took responsibility for the fight, which was good. I admired him for it. But Sir Bobby could have tried to break it up.”
Yikes, not even Bobby Charlton escaped unscathed!
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