Richard Keys has hit out at Roy Keane following his recent criticism of Manchester City’s Kyle Walker.
The right-back gave away a penalty at the Etihad during his side’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the last round of Premier League fixtures.
Keane called Walker an “idiot” and also claimed “he’s a car crash, keeps making these types of mistakes and is rightly punished for it”.
Keys, who has a long running feud with the former Manchester United captain, has taken issue with the Irishman’s comments and referenced his infamous tackle on former City man Alf-Inge Haaland.
“We were always very much aware that if we were going to criticise then it had to be done constructively,” he said on his official website.
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“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.
“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?”
Keane and Keys clashed back in 2008 when the former United man criticised their coverage.
The broadcaster hasn’t held back in his assessment of Keane’s career however citing his failures at Sunderland and Ipswich as well as the incident at the 2002 World Cup.
Keys continued: “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 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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