FOOTBALL legends Roy Keane and Graeme Souness had an angry verbal bust-up during ITV’s half-time coverage of Argentina vs Saudi Arabia.
The Copa America champions and 36-game unbeaten Argentina were awarded a penalty after Leandro Paredes was wrestled to the ground.
Referee Slavko Vincic halted play, took a look at the pitch-side monitor and awarded a spot-kick which Lionel Messi cooly converted.
But the decision to award the penalty caused controversy on ITV’s half-time coverage with Keane saying soft calls will encourage diving at the World Cup – an assessment Souness disagreed with.
Liverpool great Souness says the Saudi player had no interest in where the ball was – only the whereabouts of the player he was tracking.
Souness said the call is not down to “opinion” but “fact”, which prompted Keane to respond saying: “Well I’m here to give my opinion – that’s not a penalty.”
And the bust-up between United icon Keane and Souness has caused quite the stir on social media.
One fan said: “Roy Keane and Graeme Souness absolutely laying into each other at 11am alongside breakfast is great stuff.”
Another tweeted: “Just watched Graeme Souness and Roy Keane almost kick [the] f*** out each other live on air. And it’s not even lunchtime.”
A third quipped: “Roy Keane ready to go toe-to-toe at 11am on daytime tele.”
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Others suggested the pair needed to be separated, with a viewer tweeting: “Someone is going to have to separate Roy Keane and Graeme Souness in a minute…”