Alan Shearer and David Ginola were team-mates in arguably Newcastle’s best team of recent times but the pair have clashed over their opposing views of the French football league.
Following Newcastle’s defeat at home to Watford last weekend, the former England captain was quick to criticise new signing Florian Thauvin on BBC’s Match of the Day.
The all-time Premier League top scorer said,
He might get away with that in French league but in Premier League you have to track back.
His comments were not well received by Frenchman Ginola, who was asked for a response during his appearance as a pundit on Canal+.
It is an arrogant comment. With everything Ligue 1 has brought to the Premier League in terms of players, he should show a bit of respect.
Well done Ginola for putting Shearer in his place on Canal+ just now. Ginola (rightly) took offence to Shearer’s MOTD analysis of Thauvin
— Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) September 26, 2015
The Tweet above was posted by Matt Spiro, a football writer based in France and presenter of the Ligue 1 Show (a show about France’s premier football division).
Shearer has been known for responding to criticism on Twitter since joining the social network a few months back and this time was no exception…
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) September 26, 2015
To be fair, Shearer does have a point about Thauvin. The Premier League is a lot more competitive than Ligue 1 and plenty of players throughout the years have failed to make an impact after moving across the Channel.