Ex-Man United captain Roy Keane to stand trial on road-rage charge

Roy Keane has denied committing a public order offense in an alleged road-rage incident with a taxi driver.

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Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has denied committing a public order offense in an alleged road-rage incident with a taxi driver.

Keane, 43, is said to have behaved aggressively towards cabbie Fateh Kerar, 44, near traffic lights in Ashley Road, Altrincham, on Jan. 30. He did not attend a brief hearing at Trafford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday but a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf by his lawyer.

He is accused of causing harassment, alarm or distress to Mr Kerar — a Section 4A Public Order offense. The court heard the prosecution will call two witnesses — understood to be Mr. Kerar and a taxi passenger — while the defense will call Keane and an additional witness.

No CCTV of the incident was captured, the court also heard. Keane will face trial at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on June 19.

Mr. Kerar, from Altrincham, says an altercation took place after he and his passenger noticed Keane in his Range Rover vehicle. Keane, from Hale, Cheshire, enjoyed a trophy-laden career at Old Trafford and also played for Nottingham Forest and Celtic.

The straight-talking TV football pundit managed Sunderland and Ipswich and was assistant boss at Aston Villa before he quit to concentrate on a similar role he holds with the Republic of Ireland’s national team.