Angry: Roy Keane is alleged to have ranted at a stunned taxi driver
A taxi driver has claimed he was subjected to a furious foul-mouthed rant from former Manchester United captain Roy Keane after telling the star to smile.
Fateh Kerar said he was left ‘shaking and terrified’ by the alleged altercation this afternoon.
Mr Kerar, 44, believes the former Republic of Ireland midfielder turned nasty after the taxi driver told him to ‘smile’ as they sat in parked cars in a leafy part of Manchester.
According to the Manchester Evening News, a few minutes later, Fateh says Keane jumped out of his Range Rover at traffic lights in Altrincham and subjected him to a foul-mouthed tirade before driving off.
Police are now investigating the incident – near the Unicorn pub on Ashley Road, Altrincham – which is said to have been witnessed by scores of onlookers.
The taxi passenger has also told the M.E.N Keane’s behaviour was ‘aggressive and nasty’.
Fateh, from Altrincham, said the row began when he and his female passenger recognised Keane as they stopped at a cash machine on Cecil Road in Hale.
He said: “We were both saying ‘that’s Roy Keane’ but he was just glaring back at us, looking really angry. I said ‘hello’ to him, then said ‘smile’.
“He drove behind us going into Altrincham and as we got to the traffic lights, he stopped beside us and turned to us still looking really angry.
“He got out of his car in the middle of the road, held two fingers up and walked out in front of me. He was pointing and swearing and being very aggressive.
“He shouldn’t be allowed to treat people that way. There were lots of people stood around who couldn’t believe what they were seeing.”
Passenger Hothan Isman, 38, said: “He was staring aggressively at the driver – I was saying ‘wow, he’s really staring at you’. He would turn away then turn back and keep staring.
“When we got to the traffic lights he turned and stopped the car. He got out and was gesticulating with his arms and shouting furiously.
“The driver looked terrified and was shaking quite badly. I said he should call the police because it was very nasty, unpleasant, aggressive behaviour.”
Keane, 43, has lived in Bowdon, Cheshire, for more than a decade and is currently assistant manager of Republic of Ireland.
Police are now investigating the incident and are set to speak to Mr Kerar tomorrow.
A GMP spokeswoman confirmed: “At 11.30am police were called to Ashley Road, Altrincham to a report that a man had behaved aggressively towards another man.
“An investigation is underway to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the incident.”