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22nd Nov 2022

‘You’ll learn more if you listen’ – Souness scolds Keane like the bold child in class

Callum Boyle

It’s all the drama… I just love it.

Roy Keane and Graeme Souness were involved in a heated half time exchange after they disagreed over Argentina’s penalty.

Lionel Messi converted from 12 yards as the South Americans took the lead against Saudi Arabia. Argentina did have two more goals disallowed in the first 45 but went into the break cruising.

But when looking back at the decision to award the spot-kick, Souness and Keane had differing views on the decision to award the penalty, leading to a spectacle of an argument between the fiery duo.

Souness agreed with the decision whereas Keane didn’t.

“He doesn’t know where the ball is, he’s only interested in an Argentinian player. He doesn’t where he is and I think that is a penalty.”

“No, no, no,” Keane then replied.

“All this will do is encourage diving. He’s [Nicolas Otamedni] dragging him down. All he’s doing is dragging him down.”

Souness then bit back, exclaiming: “Roy, you’re not listening to what Laura’s [Woods] saying.”

“Let me give my opinion, that’s not a penalty.”

“This isn’t about your opinion, this is about the laws of the game.”

At one stage, Souness told Keane he had repeated his opinion “10 times” and called on the Irishman to “let someone else speak.”

The second half saw Saudi Arabia mount an incredible comeback and come from behind to take a 2-1 lead just over the hour mark.

Two of the most opinionated pundits in the game going at each other at 11 am on a Tuesday morning, that’s real World Cup heritage.

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