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Only One Person Ever Punched Roy Keane Without Him Retaliating

By Darragh Berry

July 19, 2018 at 8:33pm

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You'd think that absolutely no one would get away with hitting Roy Keane with a dig.

This is the man who waited four years in order to get a revenge tackle in on Haaland because he accused him of faking an injury in a Manchester United game against Leeds.

The same man who told his international manager that he "didn't rate him as a person, player or a manager" and to "stick his World Cup up his arse."

The man who went to blows with Peter Schmeichel on a night-out and ended up head butting him.

Keane has a short fuse and you'd think that if someone hit him a dig first, they'd want to be a very fast runner because he'd get them back quickly.

But, one man did get away with hitting Keane without him retaliating, but the same man who did it also adored the Cork man.

Keane's manager at Nottingham Forest, Brian Clough, "walked into the dressing room after the game [and] punched me straight in the face" according to Keane

"'Don't pass the ball back to the goalkeeper, ' he screamed as I lay on the floor, him standing over me. I was hurt and shocked, too shocked to do anything but nod my head in agreement."

But according to Nick Miller of Four Two Two, Clough had a huge admiration for Keane and his footballing brain.

"On an occasion when Clough was in one of his more irascible moods, he stalked around the dressing room offering a different insult to every player.

"Accusations of laziness and complacency were tossed around, while he told goalkeeper and staunch Yorkshireman Mark Crossley to 'buy a house in Nottingham or fuck off and play for Barnsley'. When he reached Keane, Clough said: "I love you, Irishman."

A love/hate relationship between the pair, that's for sure.

READ NEXT:This New Roy Keane Story Just Shows How Fecking Scary The Man Really Is

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