London - Former Manchester United footballer Roy Keane was
found not guilty on Friday of a public order offence after a taxi driver
accused him of a foul-mouthed tirade during an alleged road-rage incident.
Football fan Fateh Kerar, 44, said the Ireland national team
assistant manager had followed him in his black 4x4 before confronting him
"aggressively" in Altrincham, north west England, in January.
But judge Duncan Birrell at Manchester Magistrates' Court
said the prosecution evidence was "riddled with inconsistencies and
improbabilities", although he suggested Keane "probably will regret
getting out of the car."
Kerar earlier told the court "I love Roy Keane"
but that he had been left shaken after the former midfielder swore and made a
'V' sign at him.
Keane's lawyer Stuart Denney called the incident as a
"storm in a tea cup".
The cabbie explained that he spotted the 43-year-old Keane
after pulling over at a bank to allow his passenger to draw money.
"He was looking at me very aggressively, saying
something in his car," he said. "I couldn't hear him. He was looking
at me very aggressively."
On setting off, Kerar said Keane immediately followed him.
"He jumped from his car and he was swearing," he
added. "I could hear from him his Irish accent, he was very mad."
Kerar claimed he "was shaking" when he eventually
dropped off his passenger before reporting the incident to Altrincham police.
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Keane's representative asked why the plaintiff had then
contacted the Manchester Evening News, and whether he was courting publicity.
"No. I want this court to punish Roy Keane, what he did
to me," he replied. "I don't want publicity."
Denney said Kerar had gestured to Keane to smile and urged
him to "cheer up" as they waited at traffic lights.
Keane wearing a black suit, said he was "relaxing"
when he noticed Kerar.
Keane said they acknowledged each other with a nod but then
the cabbie had made a "smirking gesture."
Kerar's passenger Hothan Isman told the court that Keane was
"staring towards us."
"Mr Keane got out of his vehicle and walked over to our
taxi and he was shouting and moving his hands around and being
aggressive," she added.For
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