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SPORT LETTERS: Sir Alex Ferguson's craven apologia.

Byline: D Colman

Sir, --Even by his own high standards, Sir Alex Ferguson's craven apologia for his red-carded midfield player Roy Keane on Wednesday night was astounding.

For Sir Alex to say in his post-match comments that there was 'no malice' in Keane's stamp on Vitor Baia is breathtaking.

How can a stamp be delivered without malice?

He then added that such behaviour was 'not Roy's style,' conveniently forgetting that, in his recent book, Keane openly declared that such behaviour --for example in his graphic admission that he deliberately targeted Manchester City's Alf-Inge Haaland --was very much his style.

Ferguson delivered the coup de grace by questioning whether Baia could have 'got out of the way' of Keane's rapidly-descending boot.

With comments like that, no wonder people say satire is dead. How can you satirise that?

D Colman Sutton Coldfield
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Feb 28, 2004
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