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Roy Keane Enjoyed Dig At Harry Kane For Referee Bias Being 'England Captain'

Roy Keane Enjoyed Dig At Harry Kane For Referee Bias Being 'England Captain'
By Jonathan Byrne
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Roy Keane was in flying form in the Sky Sports studio for the Crystal Palace vs Liverpool and Chelsea vs Tottenham coverage.

When Palace manager Patrick Vieira was in cahoots with the referees over a late VAR decision to award Liverpool a penalty, Keane couldn't help but give his two cents.

"I’ve always said he has a bit of a temper!" Keane joked as they played footage of Vieira confronting the officiating team. The two enjoyed a healthy rivalry on the pitch for many years.

As the build-up to Chelsea vs Tottenham aired - Roy Keane took aim at Romelu Lukaku for his decision to wear a hat and gloves combo.

"He obviously looks prepared. There he has his gloves and hat on," he said. "It's cold out there," presenter David Jones answered. "It's not that bad," Keane responded.

Keane On Kane 

There was plenty of fallout from another VAR decision, this time in the Chelsea vs Tottenham game, as Tottenham were denied a penalty due to a Harry Kane push.

Kane had slotted the ball past Kepa Arrizabalaga but the referee ruled against the Spurs striker for contact he made with Thiago Silva in the box beforehand.


"Do you know what, I think when you're running at that pace ... at the time when I was watching I thought it was a goal but he does just lean into him," Keane said.

"I think the referees got it 100% right. I think when you're running at that pace there is (a foul). And when you're 36 or 37, you're going to go down."

Jamie Redknapp and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink agreed with Keane's assessment in the studio. The talk continued as the players entered the tunnel for the second half.


Gary Neville, who was on commentary duties with Martin Tyler, thought it was a harsh call when it happened and stuck by his initial judgment.

"Gary's at home watching it is he? Is he at the ground?" Keane joked. "I think if Harry keeps appealing, the referee just might change his mind, you never know. He's the England captain, you know!"

Keane might have been taking a bit of a jibe at the Harry Kane avoiding a red card back in December when he made a high tackle on Liverpool's Andy Robertson.


People have been reacting to Keane's opinion on social media and some think it's a bit contradicting of the whole 'games gone soft' persona he portrays.

While there was clear contact, Keane was never one to promote soft fouls or players going down easily. Many have also pointed out his likeness to Kane in pursuing the referee in the tunnel.

Nonetheless, the goal wouldn't have made all the difference as Chelsea ran away 2-0 winners at Stamford Bridge.


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