Shearer recalls fuming Keane confronting him in tunnel during explosive bust-up
Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has lifted the lid on his infamous bust-up with former Manchester United captain Roy Keane back in 2001, which saw Keane sent off for taking a swing at the striker.
The Magpies were winning the game 4-3 and, after Shearer attempted to waste time, Keane threw the ball at him and the pair then exchanged verbals.
Keane then threw a punch at Shearer, leaving referee Steve Bennett with no choice but to show the midfielder a red card.
However, Shearer has now revealed the spat did not end there, with Keane "standing at the top of the stairs waiting" for him after the final whistle.
Speaking to the Athletic, Shearer said: "When you went from the pitch into the tunnel at St James', there were a set of steps and then you split towards the home or away dressing-rooms.
"When the final whistle went, Roy was standing at the top of the stairs waiting for me.
"I'm pretty sure a few more choice words exchanged, there was some bustling and scrambling, but there were way too many people between us for anything physical to actually happen.
"That's usually how it pans out in football.
"Roy was never an enemy, that's definitely not the right word but when you want to win as much as we did, things would occasionally spill over.
"We've worked together on television over the years and there's never been any problem. We've got on well. And what a competitor and player he was."
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Keane has previously said of the incident : "I lost my temper, we were losing 4-3, I think, in the last minute. If you're going to get sent off, the worst thing is, I pushed him.
"If you're going to get sent off you might as well punch him properly because you're going to get the same punishment. You might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb. That's what I was thinking afterwards. It was just a push. It was ridiculous."
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