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Richard Keys blasts in American accent how Premier League might ‘cancel draws’

Richard Keys pulled out an American accent as he reacted to the suggestion of a Premier League All-Star match by Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly.

The footballing world has been set alight with discussion of a North vs South game after Boehly brought forward the concept, having been popularised in his home country. Many English fans have slammed him for trying to Americanise the beautiful game.

Reacting on beIN Sports, Keys said: "There is no other reason for American business to be involved in the Premier League other than to make money, and they will find every which way and more that they can. And once we’ve opened the door and that has happened, there’s no point us complaining about it."

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He was on board with the suggestion of 60-minute matches with the clock stopped every time the ball is out of play, adding: "I think that’s a good change. I think that it should be in play every week for 60 minutes."

His long-time broadcast partner Andy Gray then asked: "How long before we don’t have draws in the Premier League?"

It was at that point when Keys displayed his best attempt at an American accent, jokingly replying: "You’ve gotta have a shootout there buddy."

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Gray and fellow panellists Nigel de Jong and Ruud Gullit burst into laughter, and it also tickled one viewer, who tweeted laughing emojis and a GIF of the Real American, WWE legend Hulk Hogan. A second commented: "The old boys get it."

Another posted: "It won’t be extra time anymore it will be overtime. Half time will become longer to accommodate more adverts or have some sort of entertainment!"

Keys has often cut a controversial figure for his punditry. He hit the headlines earlier this week after he tore into sports which did not follow football's lead in postponing their weekend schedule following the death of Her Majesty The Queen.

"Football had no choice but to stop this w/e. Those that think differently are wrong," the 65-year-old tweeted on Sunday (September 11). "The sports that played on should be ashamed. Did the decisions have anything to do with the events not being insured for cancellations? I’m hearing it may have done."

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