Football: Speed Latest Keane Target in Autobiography; SOCCER: Manchester United Captain Accuses Newcastle Midfielder of Deliberate Late Tackle Which Ended His Participation in 1999 FA Cup Final

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Byline: MARIO RISOLI

WALES captain Gary Speed has become the latest target of Manchester United skipper Roy Keane in the Irishman's controversial autobiography.

In Keane: The Autobiography,which was officially released yesterday, the former Republic of Ireland captain accuses Speed of a deliberately late tackle that ended his participation in the 1999 FA Cup final between United and Newcastle.

In a match United went on to win 2-0, Speed caught Keane after two minutes with a challenge which the Irishman refers to as ``a beaut''.

Keane was forced to leave the action six minutes later with ligament damage to his right ankle and in his hard-hitting book he said the former Leeds and Everton midfielder ``certainly did me''.

Speed, who will meet up with Wales team-mates in Cardiff next week before flying to Finland for the opening Euro 2004 qualifier in Helsinki, was last night unavailable for comment.

Keane's autobiography caused a storm earlier this month when certain sections of the book were serialised in some London-based newspapers.

Apart from renewing his criticism of Republic manager Mick McCarthy and the Irish set-up and belit-tling the FA Cup, the United hardman reveals that he deliberately set out to injure Manchester City's AlfInge Haaland in a game at Old Trafford in April 2001.

And Keane hints that he marked Speed out for revenge following the tackle that wrecked his afternoon at Wembley three years ago.

``I'd see Gary Speed some other day,'' says Keane, chillingly, in his book.

But Keane seemed to have cooled down before he met Speed again. The pair have met on five occasions since the 1999 FA Cup final and none of the matches saw an altercation between the two players. …