Former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys has branded Roy Keane damning assessment of Kyle Walker as 'cheap' amid complaints from Manchester City.
In the recent Premier League showdown between City and Liverpool, Walker was adjudged to have brought down Sadio Mane in the penalty area and the spot-kick was converted by Mohamed Salah.
Speaking at half-time on Sky Sports, Keane said Walker was an 'idiot' and added: "he's a car crash, he keeps making these types of mistakes and is rightly punished for it."
City have reportedly made clear to the broadcaster their displeasure at Keane's searing comments and writing in his blog, Keys hit out at the ex-Manchester United captain.
"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.
"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."
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Walker's City team-mate Kevin de Bruyne also came forward to defend the England international.
"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."
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