Manchester City have reportedly made a complaint to Sky Sports over comments made by Roy Keane. The former Manchester United midfielder was strongly critical of Kyle Walker during the coverage of City’s recent 1-1 draw with Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium.
At half-time, Keane slammed defender Walker for conceding a penalty, labelling the England international a ‘car crash’ and an ‘idiot’, after he tripped Sadio Mane in the box.
Mohamed Salah netted the resulting spot-kick to give Liverpool the lead, which led to Keane venting his frustration on Sky Sports.
When asked how Mane earned the penalty, Keane said: “Because he’s up against an idiot.
“[Walker is] a car crash, keeps making these types of mistakes and is rightly punished for it.”
According to The Daily Mail, Keane’s outburst has now seen City raise concerns with Sky Sports over the Irishman’s comments.
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The report claims that City feel Keane’s comments overstepped the mark, although Sky have declined to comment.
Walker’s City teammate Kevin De Bruyne recently hit back at Keane’s claims.
“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.”
De Bruyne and Walker were in action on Sunday evening as Belgium beat England 2-0 in their Nations League clash.
Goals from Youri Tielemans and Dries Mertens condemned Gareth Southgate’s side to defeat and ended the Three Lions’ chances of qualifying for the finals.
“We don’t like losing but enormous credit to the team,” Southgate said after the game.
“All the way through they created problems and defended resiliently.
“I thought we were excellent. I couldn’t have enough praise for the players.
“We had a different profile of players but in those positions, I thought Jack Grealish had an absolutely outstanding game.
“Losing Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford, we lose a lot of speed.
“But I can’t fault the attacking play until the last chance.”
England face Iceland in their final Nations League group game on Wednesday evening.
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