The 52-year-old stated: ‘He deserved it’, before going on to say ‘I wouldn’t go that far’ in response to a question about them being team-mates for the Republic of Ireland.
‘Just because you play with someone doesn’t mean you’re mates. Do you know what, he was one of these players who shout their mouths off,’ Keane said.
‘I didn’t mind lads kicking me or booting me, honestly, but McAteer as usual had plenty to say for himself.
Roy Keane had to be held back by David Beckham from Jason McAteer in a 2002 match
The Sky Sports pundit claimed McAteer deserved it as he ‘wouldn’t shut his mouth’ in the game
‘But even then, I didn’t deserve to be sent off in that game, absolutely not. If you look back on it, I didn’t even catch him.’
Responding to Roy’s comments, McAteer – also 52 – tweeted on X: ‘Love it. Players shouting their mouths off !!! Funny You can’t shut the clown up now.
‘And no we weren’t team-mates cause he never showed up and when he did he went home !!!! Please !!!!! Bore off.’
Just months before the pair went at each other for 90 minutes, Keane dramatically left the Irish World Cup training camp before the tournament in the infamous Saipan incident.
Jason McAteer replied by tweeting that it is funny how ‘clown’ Keane ‘can’t be shut up now’
Following their bitter spat in the game, McAteer told the angry Keane to ‘write it in a book’
The Sky Sports pundit was unhappy with the conditions of the Irish camp, travel arrangements and their food.
He also said he had ‘no regrets’ over leaving despite people questioning his commitment because he had ‘no respect’ for manager Mick McCarthy who was ‘in bed with the Irish media’.
McAteer, who has played for Bolton, Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers, earned 52 caps for his country, scoring three goals.
Keane was awarded a red card during stoppage time in the game after an attempted elbow
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