Martin Keown: Book readers “need to get a life”

BBC viewers have been left outraged after co-commentator Martin Keown opted to launch a bizarre attack on book-lovers.

Seemingly out of nowhere, the former Arsenal defender appeared to take offence at anyone who might be reading rather than watching the England-Sweden World Cup quarter final.

“There might be someone back home reading a book,” he said. “They need to get a life.”

Predictably, social media users reacted with both bemusement and outrage at the anti-literature outburst. And with a few choice insults of their own.

“Only Martin Keown could manage to offend people who are not even watching this game! #books #SWEENG” declared Labour MP David Lammy.

“Maybe if you read a few more books Mr Keown,” declared another poster, going simply by Liz, “you might not sound like such a moron.”

Another poster offered a radical approach to his own viewing habits. “I read books. I watch football. I often do both at the same time. Bet that would confuse the heck out of Martin Keown,” tweeted Halifax-based Mark Wright.

The 51-year-old followed the strange remarks up 20 minutes later by advising people to celebrate the fact England were winning by “putting your sprinklers on”.

His co-commentator Guy Mowbray appeared to allow a dignified silence to follow the remark.

In the match itself, England beat Sweden 2-0 to reach their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years. It remains to be seen if Keown will be used as co-commentator in that match.

TNT Sport

Photo Credit: Ronnie Macdonald

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