Roy Keane has clarified Ian Wright’s account of a late lunch meeting between the pair and has claimed his fellow pundit greatly exaggerated the events.
The two had agreed to meet up to eat lunch during the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but Wright was late for the time they had decided upon.
However, the two former star players now have conflicting accounts of the extent of Wright’s tardiness, which led to Keane abandoning the plans.
The former Arsenal striker alleges that he was only two minutes late of the agreed time but Keane rubbished that recount, saying that Wright was instead a whopping 35 minutes late.
The two players were once great rivals on the pitch during their spells in the Premier League but now are among the most respected and popular TV pundits in the UK.
It was Wright who first spoke of the lunch debacle on the Match of the Day podcast, stating: “Honestly, I’ve got so much admiration for Roy Keane. I have to say, we were at the World Cup together [as pundits] and I was thinking, ‘oh my gosh, we’re really cool mates, it’s fine’.
“And I remember there was this one time I asked Roy if he wanted to go to lunch, because we had breakfast then we’d go for lunch.
“He said, ‘okay, Wrighty. See you at 1.15’. I said, ‘No problem, I’ve just got to go and do some stuff’.
“So I had to go and do that, I got there at 1.17, I was waiting in the lobby, I phoned and said, ‘Roy, okay, I’m here’. And he said, ‘Wrighty, 1.15 is 1.15, I’m not coming’.
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“I laughed because I thought he was only messing about but he said, ‘Wrighty, I’m not coming’. And he hung up the phone. And I never saw him until the evening.”
However, Keane has now rebuked those claims on the latest episode of Micah Richards & Roy Keane’s Road to Wembley – where the former Republic of Ireland captain was speaking to fellow Sky Sports pundit Micah Richards.
The two were recording their shared car journey to Wembley ahead of Euro 2020 getting underway later this week.
Keane said: “I do hate people who are late Micah. If you was five more minutes late I was out of there.” To which Richards then asked: “Is that true about you when you and Wrighty were going for dinner at the World Cup but then he was late so you just left?”
Keane then went to put the record straight, by saying: “Yeah but do you know how long he was late Micah? I know Wrighty gives his version of the story, his version he was five minutes late – he was [actually] 35 minutes late.”
Richards quizzed: “So what did you do?”
Keane: “I left, just went back to my room, ordered some room service.”