Roy Keane responds to Niall Quinn's 'privileged' claim with throwback pictures

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Roy Keane has taken to Instagram to reply to Niall Quinn's claim that he was given special status on international duty with Ireland.

In a Virgin Media documentary that aired during the week, Quinn claimed the Manchester United legend was given “privileged status” by Mick McCarthy prior to their infamous Saipan bust up.

Roy Keane posted some throwback pictures in response to Niall Quinn's comments.

“We found it difficult that he would be so alarmingly aghast at what was going on out there,” Quinn said.

“Given that for all our international matches for the last couple of years, he was only coming in sometimes on the Tuesday and we were all in on the Saturday.

So, he had this specialist status, this privileged status in the team, for a couple of years. So, it was difficult I think for him to say ‘things aren’t done right’ when he wasn’t there all the time.

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“But he got special privilege. Mick McCarthy and Sir Alex Ferguson did a deal – ‘Oh, you can have him later on near the matches, but he stays with us ’til Monday or Tuesday’.”

Quinn added: “From a very early stage in that sort of Mick-Roy relationship, Roy was privileged, put in a specialised position. When he started giving out about stuff, I had to think ‘how can he give out, the rest of us turn up all the time?’”

Keane, who recently joined Instagram, responded by posting pictures from Ireland's summer tour of the United States in 1992.

“Don’t remember getting any special treatment on this trip – Irish National team USA 1992.”

The pictures, which showed both Keane and Quinn enjoying a few drinks and karaoke, were accompanied with a snake emoji in the caption.

Keane included a snake emoji in the caption.

Despite speaking about his dislike of social media over the years, Keane has accumulated 1.2 million followers since setting up his account a couple of weeks ago.

The 49-year-old recently revealed he was a grandfather, sharing a picture with his grandson.

Posing alongside his grandson with a stern face, Keane captioned the picture: "Just like his grandad, always smiling."

 

 

 

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