Roy Keane has revealed that “the only reason” he left Manchester United in 2005 was because he appealed a £5,000 fine.
Keane departed the club in acrimonious circumstances after 12 years in 2005, leaving to join Celtic.
The nature of his sale was controversial, the midfielder having given an explosive interview to MUTV criticising his teammates for a recent poor performance.
The interview was deemed too extreme to air, and the video of Keane speaking was allegedly destroyed, but the 46-year-old has rubbished rumours surrounding the situation.
“The only reason I ended up leaving Man United was I appealed a £5,000 fine. If I hadn’t appealed the fine I wouldn’t have left Man United,” Keane told the Limerick Leader.
“Don’t be brainwashed by the propaganda and lies. It is peanuts, you get fined that for being late for training at United.
“I appealed because I felt I shouldn’t have been fined for speaking about a match on the club station.
“Have I stepped out of line? Damn right I have. Man United fined me about £500,000 over my career but that is because I was sent off and I always held my hands up.
“Ironically when I appealed a £5,000 fine that’s when I left the club. I wished they played this video, it is propaganda, ‘we had to destroy it’.
“How do you even destroy a video? I left with my head held up high, I was fine with my actions, I always felt my intentions were to do the best for Man United.”