Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 30 October 2014

Keane: My concern for troubled McGrath

Roy Keane, former Republic of Ireland star and current Ipswich Town manager, with puppy Verna at launch of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind’s Super Value Shades 2010 campaign yesterday

Former Manchester United soccer star Roy Keane yesterday came to the aid of his troubled ex-Irish team mate Paul McGrath, who is at the centre of an alleged assault investigation.

Soccer legend McGrath — who retired from the game in 1998 and who has battled against alcoholism for years — was questioned in connection with an alleged assault of a man in an incident in Ferns, Co Wexford, last Monday.

“A 50-year-old man had been arrested in relation to the alleged incident and a file was being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions,” said a Garda spokesperson.

Yesterday, Ipswich boss Roy Keane, said he had “a lot of time” for Paul.

McGrath won 83 caps for Ireland before finally hanging up his boots more than a decade ago.

Speaking at a charity promotion in Dublin yesterday, Keane said: “If it was down to everyone wishing him well he'd be fine. But it doesn't matter what I say. Paul's got to get the help himself — he knows where to get it.”

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