Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has been found not guilty of aggressively confronting a taxi driver in an alleged road rage incident.
Keane denied allegations he had flicked a 'V' sign at taxi driver Fateh Kerar, who had accused the former footballer of swearing and staring as both parked up in Altrincham, Cheshire, in January this year.
The 43-year-old gave no reaction at Manchester Magistrates' Court as he was cleared of a charge of causing harassment, alarm or distress to Mr Kerar.
District Judge Duncan Birrell said there was something of the "thwarted fan" about Mr Kerar and Keane's lawyer described the whole incident as a "storm in a tea cup".
Dismissing the case against Keane, the judge said the evidence was "riddled with inconsistencies and improbabilities".
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Roy Keane has been ordered to appear in court following an alleged road rage incident involving a taxi driver in January.
The Republic of Ireland assistant manager is said to have entered into an altercation in Altrincham town centre on the morning of January 30th.
A statement from Greater Manchester Police today confirmed:
A summons was posted on March 2, 2015, for Roy Keane, 43, to his home address in Hale, to appear before Trafford magistrates court on March 31, 2015, for a Section 4A Public Order offence.
This is in relation to an incident on Friday, January 30, when police were called to Ashley Road, Altrincham to a report that a man had behaved aggressively towards another man.
Police are investigating an alleged road rage incident involving former Manchester United captain Roy Keane.
Keane, 43, is believed to have got into an altercation with a taxi driver in Altrincham town centre.
At 11.30am, police were called to Ashley Road, Altrincham, to a report that a man had behaved aggressively towards another man. An investigation is under way to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the incident.
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Former assistant manager Roy Keane did not have a training ground bust-up with players, according to Aston Villa.
Keane left his role at the Birmingham club on Friday, saying he could not combine his duties there with a similar job with the Republic of Ireland national team.
Newspaper reports claimed the former Manchester United midfielder had a confrontation with senior members of the Villa squad the day prior to resigning.
Roy Keane has quit his role as Aston Villa's assistant manager with immediate effect, the club have announced.
The 43-year-old had been splitting his time between Villa and his job as Martin O'Neill's number two with the Republic of Ireland.
But Keane has stepped down from the Barclays Premier League club ahead of their trip to Burnley on Saturday.
Keane said in a statement: "Ultimately, my roles with Villa and Ireland and combining my commitment to these have become too much.
"It isn't fair to either Villa or Ireland, so I've made this decision.
"I'd like to thank Paul for giving me a great opportunity to come to a brilliant football club, I've really enjoyed my experiences at Villa and I wish the management team, the players, the supporters and the club nothing but the best going forward."