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Aussie icon’s frosty live radio spat

Former Socceroo Robbie Slater was involved in a testy exchange on radio on Monday morning after claiming he was being treated disrespectfully.

The Aussie football great turned commentator and pundit was appearing in one of his regular segments on Sky Sports Radio’s Big Breakfast program and took exception with co-host Jimmy Smith.

Smith, a former rugby league star who hosts the show alongside NSW and Kangaroos legend Laurie Daley, defended himself in the face of Slater’s criticism.

The tension was a result of a chat Slater had on the same program last Friday, where he disagreed with Smith’s assertion Matildas star Sam Kerr is the greatest football player Australia has ever produced.

“You made an idiot of yourself on Friday,” Slater said. “Your opinion makes you look like an idiot.”

Smith replied: “No. I didn’t make an idiot (of myself) ... I just had a difference of opinion to you and your inability to accept the differences is one of your character weaknesses.”

The frosty exchange continued when Slater threatened to hang up. “I tell you what mate — Jimmy, your disrespect is unbelievable and I will hang up if you continue,” Slater said.

“I come on here to do a report. I don’t come on here to be talked to the way you talk to me. If you want me to continue then you need to show a bit of respect, mate.”

Smith defended himself, saying he shows Slater respect “all the time” but merely had a “difference of opinion”.

Slater then referred to their chat about Kerr on Friday, saying: “You don’t (show respect) mate, you don’t, because a lot of people heard what happened on Friday and it was disrespectful and it was silly.”

Things continued in a similar vein when Daley broached the topic of the Matildas’ 2-1 win over Chile in a friendly in Sydney on the weekend, in which Kerr scored both goals for the hosts.

DALEY: “With the Matildas, your favourite person, Sam (Kerr), getting two goals ...”

SLATER: “Now, this is where, again, that’s just a stupid comment.”

DALEY: “Robbie, we’re trying to wind you up. If you can’t have a gee up my friend ...”

SLATER: “You’re trying to make out I don’t like Sam Kerr. Sam Kerr is fantastic and I’m a massive fan. She’s a lovely person and she’s a fantastic footballer. There’s no doubt about that and she proved it again on Saturday ... she might be the best female footballer we’ve ever produced.”

Slater said he had been in Melbourne since Friday on A-League commentating duties and the heavy workload can “put some people in a little bit of a bad mood”.

On Friday, Slater accepted while Kerr might “quite possibly” be Australia’s greatest ever footballer, Smith’s opinion showed a lack of understanding of the round-ball game.

“It’s a different game. One’s the women’s game and one’s the men’s game. They’re incomparable. It’s not even funny, it’s ridiculous.

“Seriously, you can’t deadset be serious. You’re showing yourself to have a complete lack of knowledge of the game and the history of the game. That’s the absolute truth.

“You’ll look like an idiot for the rest of time. Beyond ludicrous, it’s just unbelievable.”

After Smith stood his ground over his right to have an opinion, even if it’s not one Slater shares, the pair settled on some common ground.

“I may not agree with your opinion but I’ll defend your right to have your opinion,” Slater said.

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