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City Legend Accuses Sky Of Man United Bias

City Legend Accuses Sky Of Man United Bias

Manchester City legend Mike Summerbee has stuck by his claim that Sky Sports unfairly favours Manchester United over MCFC.

Writing in the matchday programme for City's FA Cup replay against Notts County yesterday, Summerbee admitted that he lost his temper in the broadcast, but also claimed that Sky 'only see United'. He particularly criticised the broadcaster and other media outlets for repeatedly showing Wayne Rooney's winning goal.

'I am already fed up with seeing and reading about that Rooney goal. It was special - any football fan would admit that - but you can have too much of it.'

'The day after the derby I came back from watching my grandson score two goals in his Sunday morning match, switched on the telly and there was that goal again. I gave it the quick change to Antiques Roadshow.'

The 68-year-old continued...

'They [the media] go on as though we don't exist and that annoys me. I don't mind banter. I don't even mind jokes at our expense but when I feel the progress we have clearly made - on and off the field - is being ignored, then it gets my goat.'

'I was proud of the way we knocked the ball around at Old Trafford. We played some lovely football and on another day could have got at least a point out of the game. For the first time in a long time I left Old Trafford after a defeat not depressed about the result.'

Summerbee on Sky TV

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday February 21 2011
Time: 1:42PM


Stick it to 'em Buzzer! Irony of irony's, Crawley player tries overhead kick at the swamp: penalised for high kicking.
Johnny Baguette
21/02/2011 13:58:00
He wasn't wrong about showing the goal, have they stopped yet. You can bet they won't ask Mike back, they need a Sky yes man. They are lucky they didn't get Mike Doyle on there.
Buzz Lightyear
21/02/2011 15:31:00
He is right, im sick of the praise man utd get, city outplayed them at their place and deserved something. I am so glad wolves ended their unbeaten run because in 80% of their games this season then have been average/poor and scraped results, fair play to them but if they got close to arsenals invincible's unbeaten record it would have been a disgrace. The media and these so called pundits need to give other teams credit, when we absolutely battered them at VP and they scored 2 late goals all they spoke about was the 'comeback' not how we make the so called 'biggest team in england' look like a division 2 side.
21/02/2011 15:35:00
The bottom line mate is that without Ferguson they would be mid-table, with the likes of Fletcher lucky to get a game for Everton. Rooney makes a lot of luck for them because he tries anything and everything. Next year he'll be doing that for Real Madrid and then who's left? If Fergie gets the league this year and overtakes Liverpool, Fergie might just think that's enough and create space for Mourinho. (who's getting a thin time at Real, white hankies and all)
21/02/2011 16:30:00
Seems like a case of him being a tad bitter to be honest. He conceded it was a good goal but was too stubborn to give any insight or analysis on where it went right for and us and wrong for you. Yeah you played well Summerbee we heard ya the first 20 times but have you got anything else to say? It was an extraordinary goal for all to see so don't blame sky if they are simply keeping their viewers happy. Also he should know it's skys philosophy to analyse the winning side first and then the losing side.
21/02/2011 17:11:00
I think you might've picked the wrong youtube video, this one is just mocking him. Man U: 54% possession, Summerbee: "We must've dominated possession for 60% of the game". Nice one Summerbee because you're not acting like a spoilt child or a sore loser at all.
21/02/2011 17:17:00
Funny, Sky Sports' website (,19764,11065_3349329,00.html ) and Daily Mail ( ) has possession as 50.2% in favour of City, and the Telegraph has it 50/50 ( ), and yet conveniently after Summerbee's comments, Sky Sports on TV had it as 54% to United. Says it all really. Buzzer is 100% correct and pretty much any non-Stretford fan can identify this bias with ease. It's part of Sky's agenda to promote United, MUTV, foreign markets, and all - they even tried to buy the club!
21/02/2011 18:12:00
Slight flaw there Stu, you say sky are trying to promote United yet would suggest otherwise.
21/02/2011 18:50:00
Not only that but you wont catch too many teams, fans or pundits crying or throwing their dummy out of their pram because their team wasn't shown first.
21/02/2011 19:00:00
0 is a football news site and I don't see the relevance? Their on-air coverage is extremely biased to United, even United fans should be able to see this as it isn't even really questionable, it is as obvious as the grass being green or sky being blue.
21/02/2011 20:23:00
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