Roy Keane book leak kicks off Twitter users

7 Oct 2014

Roy Keane, former Republic of Ireland and Manchester United captain

What happens when The Second Half, the new autobiography of former Republic of Ireland and Manchester United captain Roy Keane, accidentally goes on sale three days early? Fans react on Twitter, that’s what.

Publisher Weidenfeld & Nicolson had been due to release The Second Half on Thursday to coincide with a press conference Keane is to hold in Dublin to publicise the book. Not that he needs it, if the inadvertent early book release is anything to go by.

A branch of supermarket Tesco in Burnage, south Manchester, had placed the book – described as ‘explosive’ by various media – on sale three days early. One copy had been sold and Tesco pulled remaining copies off the shelves and launched an internal investigation into the mistake.

“A copy of Roy Keane’s book was sold in error at our Burnage store,” Tesco said in a statement. “Colleagues are currently investigating how this happened.”

Much of the autobiography’s contents are now in the public domain, and football fans are making their thoughts and feelings about The Second Half – and Keane – known on Twitter:

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic