Roy Keane stayed ‘cool and calm’ during alleged assault despite ‘hardman persona’, Micah Richards tells court

Micah Richards has told a court that former Manchester United Roy Keane stayed “cool” and “calm” after allegedly being assaulted, despite his “hardman persona”.

Former footballer Richards told Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Friday that he “grappled” with a man accused of headbutting Keane, 52, inside Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in September.

Ex-Manchester City star Richards, 35, who, like Keane, was working as a pundit for Sky Sports at the Premier League match, said he was in “disbelief” about the incident and “felt sorry for Roy”, whom he called a friend.

The ex-England international said “you wouldn’t get sent off” for CCTV footage, shown in court, that Law’s defence team alleged showed Keane elbowing the defendant in the face.

Richards also denied accusations by Law’s defence barrister that he had claimed to see the headbutt because he was “Roy’s mate” and had become the ex-Ireland international’s “stooge” and “puppy”.

Richards said: “I felt sorry for Roy. Just because of the fact you’ve come to work, to do your job and you’ve been assaulted.

“I could see he was physically shaken up. You do what any friend would do, or any colleague, step in and try to help the situation.”

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