Retro Football: Roy Keane Takes Revenge On Alf-Inge Haaland With Horror Tackle In Manchester Derby (Video Nasty)

Ollie Irish

10th, November 2010


By Ollie Irish

Roy Keane at his brutal worst, exacting revenge on Alf-Inge Haaland at Old Trafford in April 2001:

“I (didn’t) wait for Mr. Ellery to show the red card. I turned and walked to the dressing room.

“Even in the dressing room afterwards, I had no remorse. My attitude was, f**k him. What goes around comes around. He got his just rewards. He f**ked me over and my attitude is an eye for an eye.”

When the darkness in Keane rushed to the surface, as it did in the Haaland incident, he was the very worst of footballers. But at his best, such as at Juventus in 1999, when he dragged Man Utd back into a tie that looked lost, he was one of the best central midfielders I saw. The latter doesn’t excuse the former, of course.

Ironically, Haaland’s playing career was ended not by this tackle but by an injury to his other knee.

PS. What a shame we never got to see Keane vs Nigel De Jong. That would have been an awesome battle.

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  1. That’s one of those iconic football moments, isn’t it. Not a particularly great advert for the sport, but still a representation of the rivalries and feuds that build up and keep us all watching.

    Keane v De Jong – yep, that would have been a classic alright!

  2. Jon says:

    Keane v De Jong…Awesome or f**king terrifying? Definitely would have been a broken leg or 4.

    I love Roy Keane, great footballer and one of the last true hard men in the game. Miss that kind of player but I don’t miss things like this revenge tackle. Wehn it happened I was glad, but I was also young and stupid. Don’t think I would feel the same way today. Still hate City but not enough to be hoping for one of their players to get injured.

  3. Mr. Angry says:


  4. dennis says:

    Mr. Angry
    You should get your computer repaired, the caps lock seems to be stuck!

  5. Ron says:

    What exactly was Keane avenging?

    I don’t know the background to this tackle. Thanks!

  6. C says:

    Keane is the cuntiest cunt that ever cunted.

  7. Tom Jones says:

    Keane should have been banned for the sport for life for that attempt to maim a fellow professional.

  8. Mr Fact Man says:

    Keane’s revenge was based on a previous meeting at Elland Road where the 2 went into a tackle, Keane ended up with a cruciate ligament injury and was lying on the floor in agony with Haaland standing over the top of him shouting at him to stop play acting and to get up.

    Keane wasn’t happy.

    Not that I’m condoning what Keane did, a player should never go into a challenge with the intention to injury or hurt a player, but people also need to realise the tackle did not finish his career, the injury that did was on the other knee, in fact Haaland played the week after the foul.

  9. Joe says:

    And they say Joey Barton’s a cunt…

  10. Rich says:

    I remember him playing at Elland Road and dropping out of countless 50/50s with Batty. He’s way down the ‘hardman’ list. Good captain, good leader but essentially a thug and coward.

  11. eamogomez says:

    @ ron keane was avenging an attempted foul by him on halland when he ruptured his cruciate, haaland stood over keane callin him a “diver” so when keane fucked haaland up he stood over him callin him a diver.

  12. robbie says:

    roy keane, absolute legend he got the ball, take that you cunt and dont stand over me about faking injuries

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