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Sky Sports are reportedly thinking about getting their star pundits and commentators bodyguards at Premier League matches after Roy Keane was allegedly headbutted at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday as Arsenal hosted Manchester United. A 42-year-old man was arrested following the incident, before being bailed on Monday evening.
Keane and his fellow pundit Micah Richards were walking through the Highbury Bar down to the pitch to give their post-match analysis of the Premier League clash when a confrontation took place with a supporter. And an eye-witness told Express Sport: “The fan seemingly tried to headbutt Roy Keane. I then saw a mark between his eyebrows. Micah Richards stepped in and pushed the fan back against the door.”
According to The Telegraph, Sky Sports have now launched a review of their security arrangements and will consider protecting their talent. At some stadiums, pundits have to travel through densely populated home sections to get to their positions. But former players could now have their routes changed to avoid large groups of fans, especially at matches which could be problematic.
Violence and abuse towards pundits will be on the agenda at upcoming meetings between the Premier League and its broadcast partners, with Sky aware that some stadiums prove more challenging than others when it comes to protecting their stars.
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Following the incident at the Emirates Stadium, Richards was asked about it by Gary Lineker on The Rest is Football podcast. And the former right-back said: “Oh my word. Gary, I’m not allowed to talk about it. But when I’m allowed to talk about it, The Rest is Football will be the first to hear about it.”
Lineker than told listeners: “There was an incident at Arsenal yesterday where Roy Keane was allegedly headbutted by someone and a certain Micah Richards stepped in. We’ll get the full story at some point. It’s something we shouldn’t trivialise either, really, because that’s a serious thing if fans start attacking people. We’ll wait until the police investigation is done before we cover that story even more.”
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Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police released a statement that read: “Police are investigating an incident at Emirates Stadium on Sunday, 3 September, during which a man was assaulted. On Monday, 4 September, a 42-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault [ABH]. The man has been taken into police custody. Enquiries are ongoing.”
Sky Sports’ next live Premier League broadcast is set to come after the international break on Saturday, September 16 when Newcastle host Brentford at St James’ Park.
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