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Micah Richards Slams Graeme Souness on Live TV Over Paul Pogba's Treatment

By Amreen
Richards claimed Pogba is treated unfairly
Richards claimed Pogba is treated unfairly / Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Graeme Souness and Micah Richards were involved in a heated discussion about Paul Pogba and Harry Kane following Tottenham's 1-0 win over Manchester City.

Kane and Pogba have been linked with moves away from Spurs and Manchester United, respectively, as the futures of both stars remains up in the air even as the 2021-22 Premier League season kicks off.

Spurs' chairman Daniel Levy is refusing to budge from his £160m asking price for Kane, whose current Tottenham contract expires in 2024. The England international failed to turn up for pre-season training on time and was left out of the squad for their victory agaist City.

Kane was relatively let off the hook for his behaviour as compared to Pogba, who was heavily criticised in the past after super-agent Mino Raiola expressed his client's desire to quit Old Trafford. However, Richards staunchly defended the 28-year-old United midfielder by claiming he has "not done anything".

Speaking on Sky Sports, the former City right-back said: "His agent [Raiola] might have done the talking, but he's [Pogba] not done anything. He's just gone out there and tried to do the best he can possibly do. And Kane [is] the same, but that's what players want to do. But I've never heard him say [...]."

Souness interjected Richards' argument by claiming that Raiola is "echoing the thoughts of the player." Souness, visibly frustrated, said: "Can we move on from Manchester United? We haven't got much time left, can we talk about Liverpool?"

Fellow Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville also entered the lively debate by suggesting that Pogba hasn't come out to dismiss his agent's remarks. Neville said: "Let's put it this way. If your agent comes out and says three or four times 'I want to get Paul a different club', Paul does enough interviews to say 'My agent's out of order, he's got that wrong' - he's never said that either, has he?"

Richards then compared Pogba's situation to Spurs striker Kane, and added: "I'm only mentioning it because it's similar to the Kane situation. Kane's not turned up for training and we're calling him a saint. Pogba's never said he wants to leave but he's getting abuse! What's the difference?

An angry Souness shot back: "My information about Kane, it's not that he didn't turn up for training, there's another story behind that. Can we move on and talk about Chelsea or Liverpool please?" Presenter Dave Jones, playing mediator, concluded: "Shall we park that there?" but Richards had the last word, saying: "We're meant to be neutrals".