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‘You’re chatting rubbish’ – Ray Parlour and Robbie Lyle in heated radio row over AFTV

Ray Parlour Robbie Lyle

“You’re chatting rubbish.”

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour and Arsenal Fan TV owner Robbie Lyle were involved in a heated exchange during a radio interview on Friday morning.

AFTV have this week been hugely critical of the club’s decision to join the Super League with the popular YouTube channel calling for Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke to sell the Gunners.

Arsenal were confirmed as one of founder Super League clubs when the breakaway competition was announced on Sunday.

Ray Parlour Robbie Lyle

Stan Kroenke.

However, the north Londoners were forced to withdraw following a furious backlash from fans with the other five members of the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ also stepping back.

Appearing on talkSPORT on Friday, AFTV’s Lyle said he wanted ‘rid of the owners’ and claimed the trust between the Kroenkes and the supporters was ‘completely gone’.

Lyle added that Stan Kroenke’s only ambition is to make ‘money’ before Parlour asked him: “Robbie, what’s your reaction when certain fans say, and I’m probably one of them, that Arsenal Fan TV wants Arsenal to lose because you get more hits on your YouTube channel?

“Because, what it is, all the other fans want to see Arsenal fans having a meltdown when we lose a game.

“I look at Arsenal Fan TV and say sometimes you’re quite an embarrassment to look at it.

“As an Arsenal fan I want them to win every game, I think sometimes you look at it and think, ‘if we lose we’re going to get more hits this week and make more money’.”

Lyle responded strongly to Parlour, saying: “What’s this got to do what we’re talking about? Ray, with all due respect, you’re chatting rubbish.”

Ray Parlour Robbie Lyle

“I want my team to win absolutely every game and I know you’re very close to the club and maybe you find it very difficult to speak out on this situation.

“But I’m saying to you that this is beyond performances on the pitch right now, we’re talking about an owner who doesn’t care.

“We’re talking about an owner who doesn’t care, I care about this club, I’ve supported this club since the 80s. I don’t think these owners are suitable to run this club. Simple as that.”

When Lyle pressed Parlour on whether he trusts the Arsenal owners, the three-time Premier League winner replied: “Well, at the moment no because they shouldn’t have ever done what they did and they have apologised.”

Parlour changed the subject back to his claim that AFTV thrive on negativity surrounding the club, which led to the following exchange:

Parlour: “Honest question, did you get more hits this week because Arsenal are having a nightmare?’

Lyle: “This week, of course. Have talkSPORT had a lot more hits? You’re asking some ridiculous questions, Ray.

“Are talkSPORT, are Sky and all these channels going to get more hits because what has gone on with the Super League? It’s a big talking point.’

Parlour: “I bet you more Tottenham fans follow you than Arsenal fans.

Lyle: “Oh, you’re talking absolute rubbish, Ray.”

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