When Roy Keane warned us about FIFA's Jack Warner and we didn't listen

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Manchester United legend Roy Keane is outspoken to say the least, but he always had the measure of FIFA official Jack Warner.

The ongoing downfall of those at FIFA and Jack Warner will not come as a shock to many, least of all Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane.

Outspoken as the Manchester United favourite and ITV pundit is, Keane has long recognised Warner to be a less than creditable figure in the world of football.

The pair first clashed way back in 2008 when Keane was then in charge of Sunderland – his first job as a football manager.

Veteran star and former Old Trafford teammate Dwight Yorke had been signed by the Irishman at the time but the pair soon clashed after Keane ordered the player to return early from international duty with Trinidad and Tobago.

As Keane saw it, the pair had an understanding that his international career would not come at the expense of his club one and, at 36 years of age, he was keen for him to reduce his work with the national side.

It was at this point that Warner stepped in, working as an adviser to the Trinidad and Tobago FA, to condemn Keane's approach and accuse him of showing a disregard for the smaller sides in international football.

The Red Devils hard man was having none of it though and decided to contact Warner by phone to give him a piece of his mind.

Keane would later recall the conversation during an interview with The Guardian in which he accused Warner of having "small-man syndrome" among other things.

"I told him he was a disgrace and that I would not employ him," he said.

"Forget all this talk about directors of football - if he's vice-president of FIFA, God help everybody. He's obviously quick to let people know he's in a position of power. But sometimes these people get up the ladder and I don't know how."

At the time, the comments were written off as just the latest chapter in Keane's ongoing campaign against just about everybody in the world of football.

But with hindsight, and in the light of Warner's latest comments, perhaps the Irishman had his number sussed all along.

In future, we had better listen to Keane a little closer.

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