Martin Keown accuses Martin Tyler and Gary Neville of bias against Arsenal in extraordinary on-air rant
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Martin Keown has slammed fellow football commentators Martin Tyler and Gary Neville after their "biased" commentating during Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Gunners' hopes of winning the title were left in tatters yesterday after Roberto De Zerbi's side comprehensively saw off the hosts at the Emirates, with Manchester City now needing just three points to confirm a third consecutive title.
77-year-old Tyler, a known Woking FC fan, was the lead commentator for the game, alongside Manchester United legend Neville, who has been consistent all season in saying he thought Arsenal would not win the league.
On the Outspoken with White & Jordan show, Keown joined hosts Simon Jordan and Jim White to discuss yesterday's coverage.
“The Sky commentary yesterday — how biased is the commentary team? It’s frightening,” Keown said.
“Martin Tyler is a great professional but he cannot hide that he just… it simply hurts him that Arsenal might win a game of football.
White then questioned Keown by saying: “It hurts Martin Tyler that Arsenal might win a game of football?”
Keown's response was emphatic: “We know that [Gary] Neville has a problem, he’s almost apologising for it…”
He then went on to say that as a commentator himself, Keown was ‘poking’ Tyler in the eye and said that he should be “more respectful."
“Martin is a great commentator but please, Sky, don’t put him on the Arsenal games anymore it’s a really hard listen," he added.
😡 “How biased is the Sky commentary team? It’s frightening! Honestly!”— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) May 15, 2023
😤 “Martin Tyler is a great professional but he cannot hide that it hurts him that #AFC might win a game of football.”
Martin Keown slams Sky’s Martin Tyler and @GNev2 for being anti-Arsenal! 👀 pic.twitter.com/BCF2QPrRCJ
The conversation between the trio then got heated as Keown said that he didn’t want to be ‘pushed’ to discuss Neville’s dislike of the North London club.
“Get the Arsenal fans they got to listen to [the commentary]," There was only 60,000 in the stadium but there’s millions of us listening at home.
“Ask them what they think,” he said before claiming that Neville is definitely “anti-Arsenal."
It looks like some feathers have been ruffled.