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Roy Keane Recalls The Time Paddy Vieira Kneed Him In The Balls

Mark Farrelly
By Mark Farrelly
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It was one of the most one-sided FA Cup finals in recent memory but somehow Man United managed to lose the 2005 FA Cup final.

I'm sure most people remember the match; a United powered by Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo knocked and knocked on the Arsenal door but the Gunners held steady before eventually winning on penalties. Roy Keane remembers it vividly for another reason:

That was Patrick's last game for Arsenal. He went to Juventus during the summer.

I got a real bad knock on my private parts in the first few minutes of the game. I carried on, but I got a scan about two weeks later after I'd played for Ireland in the Faroe Islands. I'd a torn groin. I'd never had an injury like it before. I slipped into a tackle, and Patrick literally kneed me – right in there. I was cut.

It was bad enough we'd lost the Cup final, but I was in agony as well. I couldn't even sit down at the do that night. I had to go to bed at about ten o'clock.

I think we can all really feel for him in this instance. So far, now that the full book is on sale, it seems it is far funnier and more light-hearted than  the plethora of bitter headlines over the last few days would make one assume.

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