WATCH: Roy Keane elbowing an Arsenal fan who headbutted him last September

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Unreleased video of Roy Keane’s alleged headbutt incident has surfaced, including a man who is allegedly accused of assaulting the former Manchester United captain.

Ex-captain of the United States Keane made an appearance in court on Wednesday to testify over an alleged September Premier League incident in which he was headbutted by an Arsenal fan.

It is reported that the incident occurred on September 3 while Keane was at the Emirates covering Arsenal’s 3-1 victory over Manchester United as a member of Sky Sports’ punditry crew.

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After the incident, Scott Law, an Arsenal fan, was taken into custody and charged with assaulting Keane. The Waltham Abbey, Essex, resident, 43, has entered a not-guilty plea to a charge of common assault.

As per the report presented to Highbury Corner magistrates’ court, Law sat close to the Sky Sports studio and made an ‘obscene gesture’ towards Keane and his colleague Micah Richards.

The purported altercation took place after Keane celebrated what he believed to be an offside goal by Alejandro Garnacho for United, which ultimately led to a late goal by Arsenal to win the game.

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The altercation was captured on camera, and the clip shows Keane fighting with Law.

The court was informed that Micah Richards was seen trying to defuse the situation and restrain Law, who then left the area and was taken into custody the next day.

Keane says he was the victim of a “forceful headbutt” that caught him off guard and caused him to miss the last two goals.

He told the court: “There was lots of noise and shouting, as you would expect at a football match.

“I was just walking and, before I knew it, I was hit. I felt the contact and fell back through some doors.

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“I was absolutely not expecting it. The only way I can describe it is that I was in shock. I didn’t expect it to happen, not when I was in my workplace.”

He reported that the altercation caused bruises on his arms and chest.

Law’s defense team, meanwhile, questioned Keane about many high-profile instances from his career and said he was “the only person to have delivered any unlawful violence”.

Richards is anticipated to testify before the trial ends. It is still ongoing.

By Shyam
Shyam Sharma who joined SPORTS BIG NEWS in 2021. Focuses on soccer – chiefly the Premier League, LaLiga, UEFA Champions League, Liga MX and MLS. On occasion, also covers American sports, general news and entertainment. Fascinated by the language of sport – particularly the under-appreciated art of translating cliché-speak.