Former top referee Graham Poll has given a fascinating insight into his life as an official and what it was like to share a pitch with former Manchester United skipper Roy Keane in that capacity.
In the chat on BT Sport, Poll who enjoyed a 14-year-career in the Premier League as well as officiating in two World Cups, talked about having his car surrounded by angry fans, refereeing the ‘scary’ Roy Keane, and the infamous incident where he handed three yellow cards to a player before sending him off.
When his car was surrounded by angry fans ?
That infamous triple booking ?
The future of refereeing ?
Dealing with Roy Keane ?
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When asked by Rio Ferdinand about the most “volatile” players who had tried to “sway him the most”, Poll namechecked Keane.
Poll described the former Republic of Ireland star as someone who ‘‘dominated his own team as well as the opposition and therefore the ref through his sheer will”, but who wouldn’t ”try to con you or cheat you”. Keane was someone who possessed an ‘‘immoveable force about him”, added Poll. Before going on to label Keane “scary”.
And when asked about how he would deal with the Corkonian, Poll explained how he would attempt to get on Keane’s “wavelength” and try to “make him smile”. Poll added that he simply tried to reason with Keane when he sensed “anger” building in the combative Irishman.
During the chat, he also gave a really interesting insight into his relationship with former Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson.