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Man United Legend Roy Keane Branded 'Cheap' And A 'Disgrace' After He Called Kyle Walker An 'Idiot'

Man United Legend Roy Keane Branded 'Cheap' And A 'Disgrace' After He Called Kyle Walker An 'Idiot'

Richard Keys has blasted Roy Keane after the Manchester United legend's scathing criticism of Kyle Walker.

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Walker, 30, brought down the 28-year-old Liverpool star to hand the Reds a penalty in City's 1-1 at the Etihad earlier this month.

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Keys, who presented Sky's Premier League coverage for 19 years alongside Andy Gray, has now called Keane "cheap" and a "disgrace" for his comments.

"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 on his official website.

"Andy Gray did that better than anyone else -- and he's still doing it. Teams and their managers back then were so sensitive.

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"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.

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"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 and Keane have had an intense rivalry since 2008 when the Irishman was in charge of Sunderland and slammed Sky Sports' coverage of the top flight.

And the 63-year-old sports presenter touched on his incident with the United legend, who was far from impressed with his comments.

"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," Keys wrote.

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"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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Topics: Manchester City, Football News, Football, Premier League, Richard Keys, Kyle Walker, Roy Keane

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