Roy Keane 'headbutted' through doors during Premier League match

Roy Keane outside Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court, north London
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Roy Keane spoke of his shock in court after allegedly being "headbutted" through doors during a Premier League football match.

Scott Law, from Essex, denies a charge of common assault brought against him following an incident at the Emirates Stadium on September 3 last year following Arsenal's 3-1 win over Manchester United. At that time, 52-year-old Keane was working as a pundit.

The former Manchester United player told Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court last Wednesday that he experienced the alleged assault while he and fellow pundit, Micah Richards, were heading down for the final match analysis.

He said: "There was lots of noise and shouting, as you would expect at a football match.

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

"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."

In a clip circulated on social media, Richards appears to be stepping in to calm a possible confrontation. Regarding this, Mr Keane told the court: "Micah then gets hold of someone. He was just trying to get a grip of him and make sure he didn't run off.

"I was saying 'Call the police'. For about 15 or 20 seconds Micah was holding him up against a wall (to stop) him getting away."

Law, aged 43, then fled the scene after Mr Richards lost his grip, the court heard, before the two pundits headed pitch-side to give their post-match analysis. Mr Keane added: "We missed the final two goals but that was the least of my worries."

Mr Keane claims to have suffered bruising on his chest and arms as a result of the incident. A video played to the court showed Law, an Arsenal fan, turning to the Sky Sports broadcast box after VAR ruled out a goal for Manchester United.

He then appeared to leave his seat before making his way to the Club Level of the stadium, where he crossed paths with Mr Keane. According to the prosecution, Law then made his way to a lift area where he delivered a "forceful headbutt" to Mr Keane's chest.

The defendant then fled the scene but was captured the following day, it was said. Law told officers in a prepared statement that Keane had "approached him in an aggressive manner" which caused him to throw his head back in self-defence.

But Simon Jones QC, prosecuting, said: "Self-defence has no place in this case and there is simply no justification for the defendant's violence. He was clearly the aggressor and his claims of moving to a pre-emptive strike lack credibility."

The trial continues and is expected to conclude on Friday. Don't miss the biggest and breaking stories by signing up to the Echo Daily newsletter here.