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SPORTS AGENDA: Man City complain to Sky Sports after Roy Keane criticised Kyle Walker – Daily Mail

SPORTS AGENDA: Man City complain to Sky Sports after Roy Keane criticised Kyle Walker – Daily Mail

Manchester City have complained to Sky Sports after pundit Roy Keane branded Kyle Walker a ‘car crash’ and ‘an idiot’.

Former United captain Keane stuck the boot in after Walker gave away a penalty for a foul on Sadio Mane in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool earlier this month.

When asked how Mane earned the penalty, Keane said: ‘Because he’s up against an idiot,’ before later adding ‘he’s a car crash, keeps making these types of mistakes and is rightly punished for it’.

Manchester City have complained to Sky Sports after Roy Keane (above) criticised Kyle Walker

Manchester City have complained to Sky Sports after Roy Keane (above) criticised Kyle Walker

Manchester City have complained to Sky Sports after Roy Keane (above) criticised Kyle Walker

Keane called Walker a ¿car crash¿ and ¿an idiot¿ after conceding a penalty against Liverpool

Keane called Walker a ¿car crash¿ and ¿an idiot¿ after conceding a penalty against Liverpool

Keane called Walker a ‘car crash’ and ‘an idiot’ after conceding a penalty against Liverpool 

City have no issue with a pundit questioning a player’s actions or decisions on the pitch but they believe by calling Walker ‘an idiot’, Keane stepped over the line.

Sky declined to comment, but the broadcaster does say its pundits are there to express individual opinions.

Amazon Prime will continue to target seasonal sporting events to promote their pre-Christmas retail push rather than seek to become major players throughout the year, following a first foray into rugby with the Autumn Nations Cup.

Intriguingly, England’s Ashes series next November and December fits the bill and is available should Amazon choose to bid, as BT Sport’s four-year deal for Cricket Australia’s overseas TV rights expires at the end of this season.

Amazon Prime will carry on targeting seasonal sporting events like the Autumn Nations Cup

Amazon Prime will carry on targeting seasonal sporting events like the Autumn Nations Cup

Amazon Prime will carry on targeting seasonal sporting events like the Autumn Nations Cup

Amazon have a good relationship with Cricket Australia, having worked with them to produce the much-admired documentary The Test earlier this year.

Their expertise with on-demand replay and highlights services would also suit covering the Ashes Down Under, for which UK live viewing figures are often low because most of the action takes place overnight.

Gareth Southgate was hoping to get to the Super Bowl again in February and combine it with a sports leadership convention he has attended in recent years. 

The England boss often goes across the Atlantic to pick the brains of top American coaches, but has decided to give next year a miss thanks to Covid-19.  

The real reason behind the iconic pictures of a toothless Nobby Stiles dancing on the Wembley pitch with the World Cup can be revealed.

Before the 1966 final, the Manchester United legend gave his false teeth to pal Ian Callaghan for safe keeping. Liverpool midfielder Callaghan was in the squad but not involved in the clash with West Germany.

Nobby Stiles left his teeth with Liverpool midfielder Ian Callaghan for the 1966 World Cup final

Nobby Stiles left his teeth with Liverpool midfielder Ian Callaghan for the 1966 World Cup final

Nobby Stiles left his teeth with Liverpool midfielder Ian Callaghan for the 1966 World Cup final

Callaghan put Nobby’s gnashers in his jacket pocket but could not get down to the pitch in time to return them in the pandemonium that followed the final whistle, and hence the famous snaps were born.

Dame Heather Rabbatts took to the BBC following Greg Clarke’s disastrous, resignation-triggering comments to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee last week. 

The ex-Football Association board member told Radio 4’s Today programme that the comments: ‘reveal the faultline in football which is the leadership and management is still controlled, fundamentally, by white men and that has to change’.

Some have wondered aloud whether Dame Heather, who stepped down from the role in 2017, is the person to replace Clarke. 

It would be 'very surprising' if Dame Heather Rabbatts is interested in the FA chief role

It would be 'very surprising' if Dame Heather Rabbatts is interested in the FA chief role

It would be ‘very surprising’ if Dame Heather Rabbatts is interested in the FA chief role

On her departure, the first female director cited her frustration ‘at the lack of progress for BAME coaches’ in a letter to Clarke. Insiders have said they would be ‘very surprised’ if the 64–year-old former Millwall chair expressed an interest. 

She is currently chair of the Vero agency and last month took the same position at the Four agency. 

Details of the recruitment process are set to be revealed later this week, with the FA adamant they will follow the terms of the Football Leadership Diversity Code they launched earlier this month.

Covering the Masters is regarded as the Holy Grail among many journalists given the incredible hospitality that is lavished upon them at Augusta. This year, thanks to Covid, things got even better for the chosen few. 

The restaurant was closed to diners who instead had to place their orders remotely. 

As if by magic, waiting staff then delivered their choices to their workstations.

Manchester United have declined to comment on whether they will dispense with the services of the US-based comms firm responsible for their quarterly financial figures being sent out a day early in error.

Toppan Merrill’s website features the slogan: ‘What if drafting, disclosing and distributing mission-critical content came with peace of mind?’

There was little peace of mind at Old Trafford when the Americans, who publish United’s regulatory filings across the Atlantic, dropped their clanger last Wednesday. Sports Agenda has been told Toppan Merrill is ‘well and truly on a sticky wicket’ with United.

Spare a thought for the poor souls of the broadcasting world who will be forced to continue to carry out post-match interviews outdoors after a bid to come in from the cold failed.

Premier League clubs were asked to consider building temporary structures after concerns were raised that the onset of winter might be too much for those tasked with speaking to players and managers for TV and radio audiences.

Since Project Restart, interviews have taken place pitchside, for obvious reasons. However, with fears that inclement weather may impact on sound, the matter was looked at.

Premier League interviews will continue to be held pitchside during the winter months

Premier League interviews will continue to be held pitchside during the winter months

Premier League interviews will continue to be held pitchside during the winter months 

But the top flight’s medical and compliance advisory team have written to clubs to inform them that, thanks to the most recent updates on the pandemic, they should put any plans on hold.

Although a roof can be provided, any interview space should have external openings to aid ventilation and lower the risk of virus transmission. Premier League insiders say they are still searching for ‘bespoke, safe solutions’ for each stadium.

Brentford are rightly viewed as a forward-thinking club whose attention to detail is second to none. 

The west London side, whose analytical approach took them close to the Premier League last season, have taken the same stance over the construction of their new stadium.

Sources have disclosed that when designing the 17,250-capacity venue, a spot that would often be exposed to the sun during 3pm matches was identified — and promptly became the location to plant away fans.

The most 'sunny' area of Brentford's new stadium is where the away fans are located

The most 'sunny' area of Brentford's new stadium is where the away fans are located

The most ‘sunny’ area of Brentford’s new stadium is where the away fans are located

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