Keane to be sued for tackle
Keane leans over Haaland after the fateful tackle
Manchester City and Alf Inge Haaland are to sue Roy Keane over his tackle on the midfielder which took place in the last Manchester derby on 21 April 2001.
Keane, the Manchester United captain, has admitted in his autobiography that he deliberately fouled the Norwegian.
The admission was made in Keane's forthcoming autobiography, which is being serialised in two British newspapers.
The Irishman says he "had waited long enough" to exact revenge on Haaland after suffering a knee injury while playing against the Norwegian in 1997.
Keane-"I waited until five minutes before the end, I hit Haaland hard"
Haaland was left with damaged knee ligaments after being fouled in the Manchester derby of April 2001 and has not started a game since, although he has played more than 40 minutes of football.
Manchester United said: "We are aware of the action that has been taken by Manchester City but we will not be making any comment."
A statement on the Manchester City's official website said: "It has been agreed to jointly instruct a leading firm of solicitors regarding the circumstances surrounding Roy Keane's tackle on 21 April 2001.
"This action has been taken with a view to commencing legal proceedings against Roy Keane and his employers Manchester United Football Club."
Keane's tackle earned him a red card but in his book, "Keane - The Autobiography", he claims it was pre-meditated and provoked by a encounter between the two some years earlier.
In the book, he said: "I waited until five minutes before the end, I hit him hard. I think the ball was there.
"I didn't even wait for the referee to show the red card. I turned and walked to the dressing room."
Keane said he went for Haaland because of what the City player had said when Keane suffered his own knee injury in a tackle in 1997.
Keane wrote: "(I told him): 'And don't ever stand over me again sneering about fake injuries.'"
Hope they throw the book at the bastard