Agbonlahor savages Richard Keys for ‘mixing up wife for daughter’s friend’
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Gabriel Agbonlahor has hit back at host Richard Keys by bringing up his Sky Sports sexism row and allegations of an affair with his daughter's best friend.
The former Aston Villa striker had hit back at Keys on talkSPORT on Saturday after he had criticised Jesse Lingard's decision to join Nottingham Forest on a free transfer last week. “Don’t listen to the Simon Jordans, the Richard Keys, all these jokers!” explained Agbonlahor after Keys had tweeted that Lingard would have been "better off at West Ham".
And Keys replied to Agbonlahor on social media on Monday afternoon, firing shots in the process. Keys tweeted: “I didn’t realise Gabby Agbonlahor was on the radio. His broadcasting career is obviously as insignificant as his playing career.
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"Described to me today by a Villa staff member as ‘the most unprofessional he’d ever worked with’. Apps 351. Gls 76. Is he still at Watford?”
Agbonlahor was quick to issue a response, though, commenting: “Speaking of insignificance…after being fired for sexism and getting your wife mixed up with your daughter’s best friend, I also wasn’t aware they’d let you back on air. But keep using my name to stay relevant hairy hands.”
The 65-year-old presenter had departed Sky Sports in 2011 after he was filmed making comments about female assistant referee Sian Massey, before leaked footage showed him asking Jamie Redknapp if he "smashed it" in the studio, a crass reference to sex.
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It was also alleged by his ex-wife, Julia, that he left her for one of their daughter's friends. Keys has since been pictured arm-in-arm with Lucie Rose, pal of their daughter Jemma Keys.
The now beIN SPORTS presenter said of the allegations in 2019: "I’ll mention the unmentionable for you. Did I leave my wife fighting cancer? No. I don’t know what happened.
"I don’t know why our marriage ended the way it did, but my wife was fighting cancer for seven years before I left her and she had been in remission for seven years.
"I know how hard it was for her when things went wrong. I wasn’t going to start engaging in a tit-for-tat, he-said, she-said, respond to everything that was said about me.
“If people believe that I walked away with my wife fighting cancer with a friend of my daughter’s, I can’t change that now. Tell a lie twice and it becomes the truth. Tell it on social media and it haunts you forever."
Keys had previously criticised Lingard after he joined newly promoted Forest last week, following his departure from Manchester United at the end of last season.
West Ham United, where Lingard previously spent half a season loan, had also been strongly linked with a move for Lingard before he opted to head to the City Ground.
After the deal was announced, Keys had tweeted a picture of Lingard in a Forest shirt with "JLINGZ 11" on the back and wrote: “Who is advising this guy? Really…?”
He later added: “The debate has been interesting to follow. Bottom line is Lingard would’ve been better off at West Ham.
"Forest will struggle to win 10 games this season – which means they’ll be fighting for survival. Which means they will be called ‘struggling Forest’. Let's talk again in May.”
Lingard was not involved in his new side's friendly defeat to Union Berlin on Saturday, but will hope to be involved in their first match of the season away to Newcastle United on August 6.
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