Manchester City are understood to have launched a complaint with Sky Sports after pundit Roy Keane labelled Kyle Walker “an idiot” and a “car crash”.
The fiery Irishman was known as one of the game’s most competitive midfielders. Indeed, his drive and energy was at the heart of Manchester United’s success for a number of years.
Indeed, he’s seemingly taken that same fire into his work as a pundit.
However, his criticism of Man City full-back Walker was a step too far, according to a report. As per the Daily Mail, Keane’s fierce appraisal of Walker’s mistake against Liverpool in the recent 1-1 draw has not gone down well with City chiefs.
In the game, Walker gave away a penalty after tripping Sadio Mane in the area.
During his half-time assessment, Keane did not hold back.
Responding to the question about how Mane won the spot-kick, Keane replied: “Because he’s up against an idiot,” before later adding “he’s a car crash, he keeps making these types of mistakes and is rightly punished for it.”
Now, according to the Mail, Keane crossed the line with those comments. They are unhappy about his use of the word ‘idiot’ and have contacted the broadcaster to register their complaint.
England manager Gareth Southgate recently defended Walker over his recent performances and claimed he was in rich form.
“I think he’s playing extremely well,” Southgate said on Keane’s criticisms of Walker.
“Observations and analysis are fine, I think personal criticism less so. I think we have to be careful about that.
“I’m very happy with what Walker is doing. He’s playing every game for his club because the manager trusts him and feels he needs him. So if he’s doing that for Pep [Guardiola] it’s an indication of the quality.”
Sky are yet to comment on City’s complaint.
However, it’s not the first time this season they have been forced to apologise. Presenter David Jones was also forced to issue an apology over claims Patrice Evra made over Wilfried Zaha’s time at Manchester United.
De Bruyne bites back at Roy Keane
City teammate De Bruyne has also condemned Keane’s comments about Walker.
“I think from the moment that Kyle came to the team, he’s been one of the most consistent performers with us,” De Bruyne said.
“He’s never injured, he plays all the time. He’s reliable and he’s a really good defender. I think the job that he does is a really good job.
“Obviously when you compare every position it’s different. You can’t compare the work that Kyle does to, for instance, Trent [Alexander-Arnold] at Liverpool. Trent is the more offensive player and Kyle has to play a different role for us, but he does it really well and there’s a reason why he’s playing all these years at this level for all these teams. It means he’s been really good.
“Okay, what Roy Keane says…he’s a different man and everybody knows that. But, okay, it’s his opinion and he’ll take it on the chin. He’s going to be fine with it.”