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Micah Richards and Roy Keane Involved in Altercation With Fan After Arsenal vs United

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Sky Sports television pundits Roy Keane (L) and Micah Richards look on before the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on October 3, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

An angry confrontation between TV pundits Micah Richards and Roy Keane and an unknown fan after Sunday’s match between Arsenal and Manchester United. The clip shows Richards grabbing and pinning the man against a door as Keane shouts and gestures aggressively nearby.

The incident occurred following Arsenal’s dramatic 3-1 home victory over United in the Premier League. Richards and Keane worked as Sky Sports’ analysts during the game. Tensions boiled over with a supporter afterward.

In the short video, Richards has a firm grip on the unidentified man’s shirt and has him shoved up against a doorway.

Keane’s Angry Reaction

Meanwhile, legendary former United captain Keane can be seen remonstrating angrily just steps away. He appears to be yelling expletives at the pinned-down man. Two other individuals stand near the chaotic scene but do not get directly involved.

A Sky Sports spokesperson acknowledged the confrontation and stated Richards was acting to defuse the situation amid an alleged assault by a member of the public. Keane’s role is not fully clear from the footage.

The flashpoint sparked on social media, with many quick to meme Keane’s visible rage. But potentially serious violence was narrowly avoided thanks to Richards’ brief intervention to restrain the agitated fan.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Roy Keane during The FA Community Shield match between Manchester City against Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on August 06, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)
Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images

It’s worth noting that emotional tension had already escalated, owing to the relentless rivalry between Arsenal and United during an immensely thrilling match.

The intense nature of this rivalry could offer some context to the post-match flash of tempers. However, it doesn’t necessarily excuse the events that unfolded between Richards and Roy Keane and the unknown fan. Thankfully, the adverse incident did not spiral out of control and was resolved without escalation into a full-blown affair.