Bodyguards could be brought in by Sky for their pundits after Roy Keane was ‘headbutted’ by a fan during Arsenal’s win over Man United

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Bodyguards could be brought in by Sky for their pundits after Roy Keane was ‘headbutted’ by a fan during Arsenal’s win over Man United

  • Roy Keane was allegedly headbutted during Arsenal’s victory over Man United 
  • A video on social media showed Micah Richards restraining a man 
  • Sky could bring in bodyguards to ensure that ex-pros and staff are kept safe 

Sky are to review security – and will consider bringing in bodyguards for their pundits – after Roy Keane was headbutted in a hospitality area at Arsenal.

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The broadcaster has launched a probe into both what happened and what measures they can take to ensure ex-pros and their staff are kept safe in future.

Met Police arrested a 42-year-old man on suspicion of assault on Monday after the 52-year-old former Manchester United captain was confronted by a man at the top of the West Stand as he was waiting for a lift to take him down to the pitch-side area.

The man allegedly aimed a headbutt at Keane, and hit the Irishman on the chest and chin, close to the conclusion of Arsenal’s dramatic 3-1 win.

Footage posted on social media showed Keane’s Sky Sports colleague Micah Richards grappling with a man to restrain him. He had left before security guards arrived.

Footage shared on social media on Sunday night showed Roy Keane's Sky Sports colleague Micah Richards grappling with a man

Footage shared on social media on Sunday night showed Roy Keane’s Sky Sports colleague Micah Richards grappling with a man

Met Police are investigating an alleged assault after the ex-United captain was allegedly headbutted

Met Police are investigating an alleged assault after the ex-United captain was allegedly headbutted

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Earlier this summer, Mail Sport revealed that the broadcaster had brought in bodyguards to look after Australian pundits covering the Ashes.

They were moved to act when an explosive row erupted following the controversial dismissal of England wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow in the second Test, amid concerns angry England supporters may overstep the mark.

No decisions have been made and Sky will use the international break to carry out their review and decide whether to ramp up security at grounds.

Routes taken by pundits and commentators will also be looked at, while the broadcaster will liaise with clubs and with the Premier League itself. Fellow top-flight broadcaster TNT Sport are also looking at their own security. Both will continue with their pitch-side presentation and interviews.

Following the incident, Sky released a statement confirming the police involvement and pointing out that ex-City and England defender Richards was acting to ‘defuse’ the situation and claimed they ‘noticed a small amount of blood on the floor on the route where the fan was led out’.

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The incident happened shortly after Man Utd winger Alejandro Garnacho looked to have won the match in the 88th minute.

Keane and Richards, who were working with former Arsenal player Theo Walcott, had raced back to the studio to see what had happened, with Garnacho’s goal eventually being ruled out after a VAR check.

After the match, United manager Erik ten Hag was loudly booed by Arsenal fans who had stayed behind as he came to speak to Sky on the pitch.

A Met Police spokesperson said: ‘Police are investigating an incident at Emirates Stadium on Sunday, September 3, during which a man was assaulted.

‘On Monday, September 4, a 42-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault (ABH). The man has been taken into police custody.’

Sky could bring in bodyguards for ex-pros and other staff following the alleged incident

Sky could bring in bodyguards for ex-pros and other staff following the alleged incident  

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