But Collymore was clearly unimpressed, describing Burley as a “Murdochite” and claiming she: “Virtually gave Dave a hug and a kiss. Embarrassing.”
His ire continued, as he implored: “Please get Kay Burley off these debates. If she can’t give both equal treatment, she shouldn’t be allowed to host. More Paxman.”
The famously-fierce Burley shot straight back, asking Collymore to address her directly: “if you need to slag me off... Surely you remember from when your [sic] were direct messaging me”, followed by a winking emoticon.
Collymore replied: “The coffee or lunch we agreed to Kay?”, adding: “Absolutely, there already was plenty to talk about. I do think you were incredibly easy on Dave but stopped Ed many times.”
With the battle lines drawn, a hoard of tweeters hungry for blood swore their allegiances and began chanting from the sidelines.
At this point, Collymore deleted his tweets, explaining he was "cleaning my feed".