Roy Keane is dubbed the ‘stand-out star of the 2022 Qatar World Cup’ for his ‘no-nonsense’ punditry

He was credited as the tough enforcer for Manchester United’s star-studded midfield tackles during their glory days.

But now Roy Keane has been winning plaudits from around the world with his no-nonsense analysis as part of ITV’s broadcast team during the 2022 World Cup.

The Irish pundit, 51, has won the admiration of fans with his “straight talk” approach, which includes calling out the hypocrisy of the England and Wales captains for backing down fearing penalties for wearing the OneLove rainbow armband.

Others have praised his impressive beard, with a growing army of female fans taking to social media to share how they find the former Manchester United captain ‘sexy’ after perfecting his shapely facial hair.

The ITV analyst was widely praised earlier in the tournament following his impassioned speech after Harry Kane and Gareth Bale backed down and opted not to wear the OneLove armband in their opening matches.

He also drew hail from human rights groups after leading the condemnation of FIFA’s decision to controversially hand Qatar the rights to host the World Cup in 2010.

ITV pundit Roy Keane has been winning plaudits from around the world with his no-nonsense analysis as part of the broadcaster's coverage of the 2022 World Cup.

ITV pundit Roy Keane has been winning plaudits from around the world with his no-nonsense analysis as part of the broadcaster’s coverage of the 2022 World Cup.

The 51-year-old Irish expert and former Manchester United midfield enforcer has won the admiration of fans with his “straight talk” approach.

Roy Keane (pictured above in action in 2002) enjoyed a glittering career as the tough tackling engine who ran Manchester United's star-studded midfield during their glory days.

Roy Keane (pictured above in action in 2002) enjoyed a glittering career as the tough tackling engine who ran Manchester United's star-studded midfield during their glory days.

Roy Keane (pictured above in action in 2002) enjoyed a glittering career as the tough tackling engine who ran Manchester United’s star-studded midfield during their glory days.

Several of Keane’s admirers took to social media to sing the praises of the straight-talking pundit.

One user said: ‘You just have to love Roy Keane and his dry wit, frank answers. He always hits hard.’

Karl Duvall added: ‘Much respect to Roy Keane. He is a brilliant expert.

Others were more focused on the former Manchester United star’s appearance, with some social media accounts entirely dedicated to the expert’s facial hair.

One Twitter user cheekily admitted: “Maybe I’m getting old, but Roy Keane looks pretty hot with the beard.”

Another added: ‘I’ve been keeping a secret. I became very interested in the sex of Roy Keane. He thinks he’s the beard’.

But not everyone has always enjoyed Keane’s bristly beard. Alf-Inge Haaland, who is the father of Manchester City forward Erling and saw his career end after a sick tackle from Keane, once compared the Irishman’s facial hair to Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussain.

The ITV analyst was widely praised earlier in the tournament following his impassioned speech after Harry Kane and Gareth Bale backed down and opted not to wear the OneLove armband in their opening matches.

The ITV analyst was widely praised earlier in the tournament following his impassioned speech after Harry Kane and Gareth Bale backed down and opted not to wear the OneLove armband in their opening matches.

The ITV analyst was widely praised earlier in the tournament following his impassioned speech after Harry Kane and Gareth Bale backed down and opted not to wear the OneLove armband in their opening matches.

The tough-talking pundit also sensationally clashed with fellow midfielder Graeme Souness during Argentina's opening game against Saudi Arabia, leaving fans in stitches on social media.

The tough-talking pundit also sensationally clashed with fellow midfielder Graeme Souness during Argentina's opening game against Saudi Arabia, leaving fans in stitches on social media.

The tough-talking pundit also sensationally clashed with fellow midfielder Graeme Souness during Argentina’s opening game against Saudi Arabia, leaving fans in stitches on social media.

Keane drew hail from human rights groups after leading the condemnation of FIFA's decision to controversially hand Qatar the rights to host the World Cup in 2010.

Keane drew hail from human rights groups after leading the condemnation of FIFA's decision to controversially hand Qatar the rights to host the World Cup in 2010.

Keane drew hail from human rights groups after leading the condemnation of FIFA’s decision to controversially hand Qatar the rights to host the World Cup in 2010.

The ITV pundit was widely praised for his impassioned speech after Harry Kane and Gareth Bale backed out and opted not to wear the OneLove armband in their first matches.

“I think the players could have done it in the first game – they took the punishment, whatever it is,” Keane said. itv.

“If it’s Kane, you risk getting a yellow card, but that would have been a great statement.”

‘Do it for the first game, get your yellow card and what a message that would have been. Take your medicine and in the next game you move on.

“You don’t use it because you don’t want to get suspended, but I think it was a big mistake because both players, Wales and England, should have stood their ground and done it.”

‘No matter the pressure from outside and associations, have the belief, if that’s what you believe then do it.’

FIFA had threatened seven European teams with sanctions if they wore the rainbow armband that symbolizes diversity and tolerance.

England, Wales, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark said on Monday they had been pressured by FIFA and dropped plans to use the symbol in the conservative Muslim country.

Keane also outlined the ethical dilemma football-mad fans face after leading the condemnation of FIFA’s decision to hand Qatar the rights to host the World Cup in 2010.

“The World Cup shouldn’t be here, you have a country and the way they treat migrant workers, gay people,” he said during pre-match remarks on Tuesday.

“We are talking about spreading the game, but dismissing human rights is not right. I shouldn’t be here.

Several of Keane's admirers took to social media to sing the praises of the straight-talking pundit.  Fans have also shared how they find the former Manchester United captain 'sexy' after he perfected his shapely facial hair.

Several of Keane's admirers took to social media to sing the praises of the straight-talking pundit.  Fans have also shared how they find the former Manchester United captain 'sexy' after he perfected his shapely facial hair.

Several of Keane’s admirers took to social media to sing the praises of the straight-talking pundit. Fans have also shared how they find the former Manchester United captain ‘sexy’ after he perfected his shapely facial hair.

Keane delighted viewers when he criticized the ‘schoolboy defence’ displayed by Germany in their shock 2-1 defeat against Japan.

The former Republic of Ireland captain said: “If you were to concede a goal like that in training, would you stop and say, are you concentrating, are you doing it correctly?

He is a schoolboy defending. Neuer almost made himself look smaller.

The tough talker also sensationally clashed with fellow midfielder Graeme Souness during Argentina’s opening game against Saudi Arabia.

The pair clashed after Argentina were awarded an early penalty when Leandro Paredes was apparently brought down by Mohamed Kanno.

Lionel Messi saved his penalty to make it 1-0, but Souness and Keane, known for not giving an inch, clashed in a moment that fans loved.

Speaking on ITV at half time, Keane started the skirmish when he said: “I don’t think it’s a penalty.

Souness responded by stating that it should have been a penalty and the Scotsman added: “He (the defender) is not looking at the ball.”

He doesn’t know where the ball is and he’s only interested in the Argentine player. He doesn’t know when he’s been kicked, he’s not looking, I think it’s a pen.

Keane replied: ‘No, no, no! All this will do is encourage diving. He’s (Walls) dragging him (the defender) down.

Souness then said: ‘Roy, you’re not listening to what Laura (Woods – ITV presenter) said. This is a directive from the referees, it’s not an opinion, it’s a fact: the guy wasn’t looking.’

Keane then raged: ‘I heard exactly what he said. This will encourage diving. I am here to give my opinion. That’s not a pen!

What is OneLove bracelet?

Nine countries, including England and Wales, had planned to wear the OneLove bracelet for this year’s tournament.

The armband has its roots in the Netherlands and is designed to promote diversity and inclusion with football.

In 2021, Georginio Wijnaldum wore the armband in a Euro 2021 match in Hungary with the consent of UEFA, the governing body of European soccer.

It is a white bracelet with a stamped heart, accompanied by the words ‘One’ and ‘Love’.

The armband was designed to defend the rights of the LGBT+ community, among other marginalized groups within football, and to support equality for all.

Although it has a central message related to the LGBT+ community, it is much more than that and represents a call to respect the human rights of all people regardless of their age, race, sexual or gender identity, nationality or disability.

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