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TV presenter Richard Keys hits out at Keane for branding Kyle Walker a ‘car crash’ and ‘an idiot’

‘What a disgrace, Roy. Cheap. Even by your standards’: TV presenter Richard Keys hits out at controversial Keane for branding Man City and England’s Kyle Walker a ‘car crash’ and ‘an idiot’

  • Kyle Walker gave away a penalty in Manchester City’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool
  • Keane called the England international  a ‘car crash’ and ‘an idiot’ on Sky TV
  • Manchester City have since complained to the broadcaster about the jibe

TV presenter Richard Keys has reignited his long-running feud with Roy Keane by blasting the Manchester United legend over his criticism of Kyle Walker.

Keane branded the Manchester City and England defender a ‘car crash’ and ‘an idiot’ after he gave away a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool earlier this month.

When asked how Mane earned the penalty, Keane said: ‘Because he’s up against an idiot,’ before later adding ‘he’s a car crash, keeps making these types of mistakes and is rightly punished for it’. 

TV presenter Richard Keys (top right) has reignited his long-running feud with Roy Keane

Manchester City complained to Sky Sports and Keys, who along with Andy Gray fronted the channel’s Premier League coverage from 1992 to 2011, hit out at Keane’s barbed jibes.  

On his official website, Keys wrote: ‘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. 

‘Andy Gray did that better than anyone else – and he’s still doing it. Teams and their managers back then were so sensitive. 

Keane called Kyle Walker a 'car crash' and 'an idiot' after conceding a penalty against Liverpool

Keane called Kyle Walker a ‘car crash’ and ‘an idiot’ after conceding a penalty against Liverpool

‘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!

‘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?’

Keys fell out with Keane in 2008 after being criticised over their coverage and the beIN Sport presenter was ridiculed in 2018 for questioning whether the midfielder could be regarded as a ‘top, top player’.

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.

Manchester City have complained to Sky Sports after Keane (above) criticised Walker

Manchester City have complained to Sky Sports after Keane (above) criticised Walker

‘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 asst. 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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