Roy Keane: Man found guilty of headbutting football pundit

A man has been found guilty of headbutting former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane during a “gratuitous and senseless act of violence”.

Scott Law, 43, of Waltham Abbey, Essex, attacked the football pundit following Arsenal’s 3-1 victory over Mr Keane’s former club in September last year.

The former Ireland captain had been working for Sky Sports at the Emirates Stadium in north London when he was assaulted, Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court heard.

Law was handed a three-year football banning order and ordered to complete 80 hours of unpaid work. He was also told to pay legal costs of £650 plus a victim surcharge of £114.

The trial heard Mr Keane was headbutted through some doors as he and fellow pundit Micah Richards were making their way to broadcast their full-time match analysis.

Mr Keane told the court he was “absolutely not expecting it”, while Mr Richards said he was in “disbelief” at what he witnessed, and “felt sorry for Roy” who he described as a friend.

Defence barrister Charles Sherrard KC alleged that “the red mist descended” on Mr Keane after a VAR decision went against Manchester United towards the end of the match and he was taunted by home supporters.

He claimed Mr Keane swore at Law and said “say it to my face”.

Mr Keane replied: “I said that when I was at work? Disagree.”

Civil engineer Law, whose seat was beneath the Sky Sports studio, had denied a charge of common assault.

Law’s defence team said CCTV footage from inside the stadium, played in court, showed Mr Keane elbowing the defendant in the face.

More CCTV footage appeared to show Mr Law running away from the stadium on the day of the assault.

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