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Manchester City: Richard Keys lashes out at ‘disgrace’ Guardiola

Richard Keys has labelled Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola a “disgrace” and accused him of being arrogant towards a beIN Sport reporter.

Guardiola was interviewed by beIN’s Andy Kerr following yesterday’s 1-1 draw at Liverpool with Keys angry at what he perceived as dismissive behaviour from the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach towards his colleague.

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Writing in his blog published on X, Keys said: “Guardiola was just plain rude [to] our reporter – the excellent Andy Kerr. If I’d been Kerr I’d have shut the interview down and walked away. And I told him as much afterwards.

“Guardiola was a disgrace. He couldn’t be bothered. He offered nothing – just one-word answers and a daft smile. He looked at Kerr like he was a piece of s*** on his shoe. He did the same last week. In fact – he does the same most weeks.

“But here’s the thing Senor Guardiola. We’re all trying to do a job – just like you. Nobody, whilst doing that job, deserves to be ridiculed by you. Andy Kerr deserved better Sunday, not because you have a contractual obligation to speak to him – but because you have a moral obligation to treat him – and others – with manners and respect.”

Former Sky frontman Keys would rather broadcasters didn’t interview Guardiola, unless he shows interviewers more respect.

He added: “I’ve suggested to my bosses that we should simply ignore you unless you come down off your high horse and behave. Sadly that won’t happen. But it should.

“I could understand Guardiola’s attitude a little more if the pen had been given [for a late challenge by Jeremy Doku on Alexis Mac Allister]. If City had been beaten. If frustration had got the better of him – but none of those things applied.

“When I watch him, Guardiola gives me the impression that nobody has a right to ask him questions, because none of us has the same lofty genius that he clearly believes elevates him above everybody else. He might be right – but, as my old mum used to say – good manners cost nothing.”

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.
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