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Roy Keane blasts Ian Wright in bizarre on-air row during ITV's 'cursed' semi-final coverage

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'Don't embarrass yourself!' Notorious Irish football hardman Roy Keane blasts Ian Wright for 'getting ahead of himself' and over-blowing England's World Cup chances against Croatia

  • Roy Keane and Ian Wright involved in astonishing on-air spat on ITV last night following England semi final
  • Keane slammed pundits and fans for 'talking about England's plans for the final' before they even got there
  • Wright said fans should be allowed to be excited about the tournament but mocked Keane's accent
  • It went viral on social media while fans criticised ITV for 'cursing' England again after going out of World Cup

By Joseph Curtis For Mailonline

Published: 19:34 EDT, 11 July 2018 | Updated: 20:16 EDT, 11 July 2018

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Roy Keane and Ian Wright were embroiled in an astonishing argument during ITV's coverage of England's World Cup semi-final last night.

The former Manchester United midfielder was highly critical of England fans and pundits for 'planning for the final' before the Croatia defeat.

But former Arsenal striker Wright defended the fans and said people deserved to get excited about the team.

The row went on until Wright mocked Keane's Irish accent, causing the former midfielder to give a withering look towards the camera and direct a 'death stare' back at Wright.

Roy Keane, far left, and Ian Wright, second right, were embroiled in an astonishing row during the aftermath of England's semi final defeat to Croatia last night that ended with Wright mocking Keane's Irish accent while Gary Neville, second left, and Lee Dixon, far right, watch on and struggle not to laugh
Roy Keane, far left, and Ian Wright, second right, were embroiled in an astonishing row during the aftermath of England's semi final defeat to Croatia last night that ended with Wright mocking Keane's Irish accent while Gary Neville, second left, and Lee Dixon, far right, watch on and struggle not to laugh

Roy Keane, far left, and Ian Wright, second right, were embroiled in an astonishing row during the aftermath of England's semi final defeat to Croatia last night that ended with Wright mocking Keane's Irish accent while Gary Neville, second left, and Lee Dixon, far right, watch on and struggle not to laugh

Keane said England's fans and pundits 'got carried away' and started acting like they were in the final before winning the semi only for Wright to passionately defend the passion shown by supporters
Keane said England's fans and pundits 'got carried away' and started acting like they were in the final before winning the semi only for Wright to passionately defend the passion shown by supporters

Keane said England's fans and pundits 'got carried away' and started acting like they were in the final before winning the semi only for Wright to passionately defend the passion shown by supporters

Wright argued England fans had every right to get excited because the country had not been in a semi final for years
Wright argued England fans had every right to get excited because the country had not been in a semi final for years

Wright argued England fans had every right to get excited because the country had not been in a semi final for years

But Keane, who gave several withering glances at the camera, said England should have been 'focusing on one game at a time'
But Keane, who gave several withering glances at the camera, said England should have been 'focusing on one game at a time'

But Keane, who gave several withering glances at the camera, said England should have been 'focusing on one game at a time'

It came as ITV was criticised again on social media for its 'curse' on the England side. with England winning just two World Cup finals games shown by the broadcaster since 1998.

Keane began by saying England fans and pundits were 'getting carried away' by planning for the final instead of 'focusing on Croatia'.

He said: 'You were planning the final, where the parades were. You need a reality check.'

Wright responded: 'Why shouldn't we get excited about it? It's something to get excited about.

'People weren't even expecting us to get to the semi-final, why couldn't we have got excited about being in there [the final]?'

The pair begin shouting over each other with Keane telling Wright he was a 'grown man' while fellow pundit Gary Neville visibly struggles not to laugh while sitting between them.

Keane said: 'You've played the game, you know how hard it is to get to these big finals. Or even get to a World Cup. And you're talking about the final.'

Wright then began mocking Keane's accent and repeated the word 'final' to him over and over again
Wright then began mocking Keane's accent and repeated the word 'final' to him over and over again

Wright then began mocking Keane's accent and repeated the word 'final' to him over and over again

Keane reacted by telling Wright 'don't embarrass yourself' before host Mark Pougatch tried to wrestle back control of the broadcast
Keane reacted by telling Wright 'don't embarrass yourself' before host Mark Pougatch tried to wrestle back control of the broadcast

Keane reacted by telling Wright 'don't embarrass yourself' before host Mark Pougatch tried to wrestle back control of the broadcast

Wright then repeated 'final' in a mock Irish accent, causing Keane to say: 'You know what I'm talking about. Don't embarrass yourself.'

Wright then quipped: 'He's going to cane me again,' before presenter Mark Pougatch tried to wrestle back control of the programme. 

The argument was the talk of social media with some Twitter users saying it was almost as entertaining as the match itself.

Others criticised both men for 'acting like children' with some supporting Keane and others backing up Wright.

Many said they thought Keane would win if the pair came to blows, however. 

One Twitter user said: 'That Roy Keane v Ian Wright fight has put the seal on it - best World Cup ever.'

Another added: 'Roy Keane dropping truth bombs and taking Ian Wright to school', while another said: '@GNev2 @IanWright0 legends!!! Winding up Roy Keane and Gary laughing uncontrollably, just brilliant. Love you all #manutdlegends #Ianwrightlegend Bring on Euro 2020, this was just the warm up!!' 

One fan said the argument capped off the 'best tournament ever'
One fan said the argument capped off the 'best tournament ever'
Another backed up Keane in the argument
Another backed up Keane in the argument

Fans reacted with glee on Twitter, with one saying it made this the 'best World Cup ever' while another backed Keane and said he 'took Wright to school'

Some fans said Wright's actions were why Irish fans don't support England at tournaments
Some fans said Wright's actions were why Irish fans don't support England at tournaments
Pro boxer Anthony Ogogo said Keane was a 'grumpy old sod'
Pro boxer Anthony Ogogo said Keane was a 'grumpy old sod'

Some said Wright's actions showed why Irish people don't support England at tournaments while professional boxer Anthony Ogogo supported Wright and said Keane was a 'grumpy old sod'

Wright himself later tweeted the footage alongside the caption: 'Why can't we be excited Roy? Why can't we be happy? We loved every minute of it!' 

The row and Wright's mocking of Keane's accent was also used as an example of why Irish fans 'don't support England at tournaments'.

One user said: 'If anyone out there was wondering why Irish people can't support England, just watch Ian Wright resort to attempting to impersonate Roy Keane's accent when he's losing an argument and try to imagine that occurring to you on a daily basis.' 

ITV also came in for some flack online for its coverage, with viewers claiming the channel would 'miss Gary Neville' for his standard of punditry.

Others slated the broadcaster over the 'curse' and said they wished only the BBC showed England games from now on.

One Twitter user said: 'I'm afraid ITV in general was poor.. Not a patch on [Gary] Lineker, Rio [Ferdinand], [Alan] Shearer and [Jurgen] Klinsmann. [Sam] Matterface is no Guy Mowbray.'

Another said: '@ITV Back to form, England losing. Fingers crossed the powers that be hand the entirety of #Euro2020 and #WorldCup2022 to @BBC.' 

One fan said ITV would miss Gary Neville in future coverage
One fan said ITV would miss Gary Neville in future coverage
ITV was once again criticised as being a 'curse' on the England team
ITV was once again criticised as being a 'curse' on the England team

ITV's coverage also came as the broadcaster was criticised for its 'curse' over the England team, while another said the channel would 'miss Gary Neville' going forward

The 'curse' has seen England win just two World Cup proper matches since 1998 on ITV
The 'curse' has seen England win just two World Cup proper matches since 1998 on ITV
One fan said the BBC was a better option for showing football
One fan said the BBC was a better option for showing football

Others slammed ITV for the standard of its coverage as well as England's continuing poor fortunes on the channel

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