Richard Keys has slammed Roy Keane over his heavy criticism of Kyle Walker, calling the pundit “cheap” and a “disgrace”.
The former Manchester United captain labelled Walker “an idiot” and a “car crash” after he brought down Sadio Mane in the box.
Manchester City have reportedly complained to Sky Sports over Keane’s remarks, while Keys has also taken aim at the Irishman.
Keys – who alongside Andy Gray presented the broadcaster’s Premier League coverage for 19 years – took to his official website to blast Keane.
“We were always very much aware that if we were going to criticise then it had to be done constructively. That we could offer both explanation and education,” Keys wrote.
“Andy Gray did that better than anyone else – and he’s still doing it. Teams and their managers back then were so sensitive.
“I can only imagine what would’ve happened If we’d ever called Gary Neville a ‘car crash’ and an ‘idiot’. And there were plenty of opportunities!
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“You can see where this is going can’t you? What a disgrace Roy. Cheap. Even by your standards.
“How would you have described your assault on Alf-Inge Haaland – an incident that would’ve seen you arrested anywhere other than on the pitch?”
The pair’s feud began in 2008 when Keane – then manager of Sunderland – hit out at Sky Sports’ coverage of the top flight and singled out Keys’ punditry.
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Keys referred to the incident as he continued his withering assessment of Keane.
He added: “We all remember Keane in 2008 hammering me – saying ‘he’d rather go to the dentist’ than be an analyst – actually, I’ll use the word I hate ‘pundit’ – because few actually ‘analyse’ anything these days.
“He added that I sold ‘something that was built purely on hype’. He also once said ‘there are ex-players and ex-referees being given air-time who I wouldn’t listen to in a pub’. Quite Roy. And you’re now one of them.
“His barbed jibes might have more impact if his managerial career had been anything to get excited about. But it wasn’t.
“At Ipswich it was a ‘car crash’. Sunderland wasn’t much better and let’s not get into what he left behind when he finished as Ireland’s assistant manager.
“I know a few of his ex-team mates were furious that he was welcomed back into the fold after he’d walked out on them in Japan. I know. I know. Mick McCarthy sent him home – but Keane wanted to go.”
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