March 14, 2024

Pep Guardiola torn apart by Richard Keys for behaviour after Liverpool draw | Football | Sport

Pep Guardiola has been branded a “disgrace” by Richard Keys after the Manchester City boss gave a poor interview to beIN Sports following the draw with Liverpool.

Guardiola’s side took the lead through John Stones’ goal but were pegged back by Alexis Mac Allister’s penalty. The City manager then had to deal with Ederson being forced off through injury and a dispute with Kevin De Bruyne after deciding to substitute the Belgian.

Despite the disappointment of not claiming a win against their title rivals, Guardiola completed his post-match media duties as usual. But Keys was left unhappy with the Spaniard’s attitude during his interview with beIN and accused him of ‘treating’ their reporter ‘like s***’.

“Everyone gave everything they’d got – except for Pep Guardiola post match – again. What is it with this guy? 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,” Keys wrote on his blog.

“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. I’m told he was just as dismissive to my mate Jan Fjortoft, but I haven’t spoken to Jan so I’m not certain. Guardiola only talks to journos because he’s contracted to do so.

“He let his feelings about us be known at a press conference last week. 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.” Express Sport have approached Manchester City for comment.

Keys revealed he suggested that beIN should stop interviewing Guardiola, though that request was turned down by his bosses. But it is something that Keys believes should be explored.

“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,” the broadcaster added.

“Andy is talking to you as a conduit between you and your supporters – and there are more of them in our broadcast area than anywhere else in the world. 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. 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.”


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