Police are investigating an alleged assault that took place against Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane inside the Highbury Bar at the Emirates Stadium just before the full-time whistle as Arsenal beat Manchester United 3-1 on Sunday. Video footage has surfaced online of the incident in which Micah Richards can be seen holding a supporter by the collar during a heated confrontation.
The commotion occurred as Keane and Richards made their way down to the side of the pitch to complete their post-match punditry duties when they became embroiled in an altercation with a supporter, who is alleged to have thrown a head-butt at Keane before being thrown out of the Emirates Stadium by security staff.
An eye-witness exclusively told Express Sport: “The incident occurred shortly before the 90th-minute mark in the Highbury Bar for platinum members.
“The fan seemingly tried to head-butt Roy Keane. I then saw a mark between his eyebrows. Micah Richards stepped in and pushed the fan back against the door. I heard the altercation and I was shocked to see the individuals involved.
“Richards was very forceful at keeping the fan from attacking Keane and neither their security nor the door security could split the two apart. Keane was asking nearby staff to call the police.
“Additional security was called in and Richards and Keane followed until the fan was escorted downstairs via the escalator out of the building.
“Presumably, Keane and Richards then returned to their Sky Sports duties via the exit that they came in through next to where the video is shown.
“Afterwards, we noticed a small amount of blood on the floor on the route where the fan was led out. Seems like Micah Richards was acting as Roy Keane’s bodyguard.”
A Sky Sports spokesperson said: “We understand the police are investigating an alleged assault by a member of the public immediately preceding the footage circulating on social media. In the footage seen, Micah Richards was acting to diffuse a situation.”
Richards and Keane had plenty analyse after shaking off the incident following a rollercoaster afternoon at the Emirates that eventually saw Arsenal snatch all three points against United.
The visitors were ahead with Marcus Rashford cut inside and fired in off the post to give United a surprise lead against the run of play.
But Arsenal responded almost instantly when captain Martin Odegaard steered home from a cutback just a matter of seconds after the restart.
Neither side really looked likely to win the game before Alejandro Garnacho burst through on goal and fired the ball past Aaron Ramsdale with just minutes remaining.
However, United’s celebrations were short-lived after the goal was chalked off for offside following a VAR review.
To the devastation of United, Arsenal then dealt them a hammer blow up the other end when Declan Rice smashed the ball home in the dying embers of the match following a scrappy passage of play from a corner.
Yet somehow there was still time for Gabriel Jesus to wrap up the victory when he showed stunning composure to cut inside a United defender and place the ball home.
Erik ten Hag was furious with the video technology as he felt Garnacho was onside when he looked as though he’d won all three points for the Red Devils.
It’s been a sloppy start by United’s standards who have picked up just six points from their opening four matches.
The Red Devils have now suffered two defeats in north London this season after also losing 2-0 to Tottenham last month.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have collected 10 points from a possible 12 after snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.
The international break is now set to commence before the Premier League returns on Saturday, September 16.