Date: 9th February 2007 at 6:42pm
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Robbie Keane apologised to Edwin van der Sar for the damage he caused when his knee hit the Dutchman’s face in the closing stages of the Tottenham-United game on Sunday.

Replays showed Keane tried to jump over Edwin but one of his boots hit the face of the keeper, breaking his nose. For me, it looked like an accident and Van der Sar bears no grudge against Keane after the incident.

‘Robbie Keane had apologised to me when I came out of the dressing room; but at the time I didn’t know it was him.

‘I shook his hand anyway, and it all made sense later! It was very nice of him and I know he didn’t collide with me on purpose.’

It seems Robbie Keane has manners off the field though it was hitherto unsuspected. His actions on the field were judged later by vdS who at the time of the incident could not really find the time and energy to find out whether Keane’s actions had been deliberate.

‘I wasn’t really aware of what was going on at the time,’ he said. ‘All I did know was that I was being taken off the pitch and my nose was broken.

‘I knew we were winning of course and I knew what was happening in the game, but as for the actual moment? I couldn’t tell you what had happened.

‘In the dressing room my nose was put straight back into place, which actually didn’t feel too bad, but I can tell you the noise it made wasn’t good.’