After being attacked at Galatasaray, Manchester United legend Eric Cantona ‘wanted to kill f***er’ policeman, according to Roy Keane.
ERIC CANTONA wanted to “murder the f*****” cop who hit him in the face on that fateful night in Turkey in 1993.
After a 3-3 draw at Old Trafford, Manchester United were knocked out of the Champions League by Galatasaray after a 0-0 draw away.
But commotion ensued after referee Karl Rothlisberger blew the full-time whistle as soon as the clock reached 90 minutes.
Cantona remonstrated with Rothlisberger, expressing his displeasure with the lack of extra time, and received a red card as a result.
Cantona was guarded by a police officer as the players were led off the pitch, but a furious brawl broke out in the tunnel, involving the Frenchman and Bryan Robson, as well as a number of Turks.
And Roy Keane, who is known for his fiery personality both on and off the field, recounted how the enraged Cantona reacted following the incident.
Keane said in his book King Eric: Portrait of the Artist Who Changed English Football, which was serialized in the Daily Mirror, “King Eric: Portrait of the Artist Who Changed English Football.” “Eric went insane in the dressing room.
“He was adamant about returning outside to deal with the rogue cop waving his truncheon.
“Eric was a tall, muscular young man. He was dead serious about it. He was adamant about killing ‘that f****r.’
“The manager, (assistant) Brian Kidd, and a couple of the players had to work together to keep him under check.
“Normally, I wouldn’t back down from a battle, but I wasn’t up to it this time. There were quite a few Turks in the area!” Cantona weighed in on the events of the night, calling the Turkish cop a “s***.”
He was enraged: “What irritated me the most was getting struck in the head with a truncheon by a police officer, the kind who sends you to prison for being unemployed or for going to the shop to steal a bar of chocolate.
“Of course, I was disappointed in being knocked out of the European Cup, in the opponents’ spoiling tactics, in the lack of stoppage time, and in being handed a red card after the game had ended.
“But, above importantly, that s*** of a Turkish policeman had attacked me from behind. Perhaps we’ll run across each other again sometime!” When a brick shattered the window on the team bus where Steve Bruce was laying his head as the Red Devils returned to the hotel, he narrowly averted serious or even deadly damage.
In addition, the former Manchester United captain said: “I would have died if it had smashed through. That would have been the gist of it.
“The shelter of our… Brinkwire Brief News was at the end of one tunnel.