Roy Keane’s provocation: Roy Keane was ‘headbutted during game by Gunners fan’ after inciting their supporters following Manchester’s goal.

Roy Keane’s provocation: Roy Keane was ‘headbutted during game by Gunners fan’ after inciting their supporters following Manchester’s goal.

An incident at Emirates Stadium involving former Manchester United player Roy Keane and an Arsenal fan has generated significant attention. Keane was accused of provoking Arsenal supporters during a game, leading to an altercation in which the Arsenal fan allegedly attempted to headbutt him. The incident unfolded during a match between Manchester United and Arsenal, ultimately resulting in the arrest of the Arsenal fan, Scott Law.

Provocation by Roy Keane

Reports suggest that Roy Keane engaged in provocation directed at Arsenal fans after Manchester United scored a goal. Keane, known for his outspoken nature, was actively taunting Arsenal supporters in the hospitality area at Emirates Stadium. Witnesses noted that his behavior had the effect of agitating some of the Arsenal fans.

Altercation with Scott Law

Scott Law, a 42-year-old Arsenal season ticket holder and father of two, was identified as the individual who confronted Roy Keane. Law allegedly attempted to headbutt Keane but missed, striking Keane’s shoulder instead. This resulted in Law breaking his own nose upon impact. During the incident, former England right-back Micah Richards intervened to defuse the situation by restraining Scott Law. It is noteworthy that the altercation occurred after Keane had expressed enthusiasm for winger Alejandro Garnacho’s 89th-minute goal, which was later disallowed.

Witness Accounts and Aftermath

Witnesses to the dramatic altercation stated that Law confronted Keane after the match and attempted to headbutt him. However, Law missed his target, striking Keane’s shoulder, and causing his own nose to break. The confrontation left blood spattered on the floor of the hospitality area where the incident occurred. Keane, reportedly shaken by the incident, requested assistance from stewards and called the police.

Police Involvement and Investigation

The Metropolitan Police confirmed that a 42-year-old man (Scott Law) was arrested on suspicion of assault causing actual bodily harm (ABH). Law was taken into police custody and subsequently released on bail, with a scheduled court date in late September. The investigation into the incident is ongoing, with the police refraining from disclosing the names of those involved.

Media Response and Statements

Sky Sports acknowledged the incident and clarified that the alleged assault occurred before the footage circulated on social media. Micah Richards addressed the incident briefly on The Rest Is Football podcast, stating that he was not permitted to discuss it further at that time. Additionally, Alan Shearer humorously commented on the situation, suggesting that one should not confront someone of Micah Richards’ stature.


The altercation involving Roy Keane and an Arsenal fan underscores the passionate emotions often witnessed in football stadiums. Provocation and confrontations, although regrettable, can occur when tensions run high during matches. The incident is subject to ongoing police investigation, with the legal process expected to follow its course.

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