UPDATE 25/1 16:49 – ANDY GRAY HAS BEEN SACKED FROM SKY SPORTS
Sky Sports presenters Richard Keys and Andy Gray have been suspended indefinitely following their disrespectful comments made about female linesman official Sian Massey on Saturday during the Wolves and Liverpool match.
Keys was, as always, the main culprit and although Gray chipped in, Keys has constantly been cited for his tendency to throw negative comments out in the open, when he thought he was ‘off mic’.
Commenting on Ms Massey, Mr Keys said:
‘Somebody better get down there and explain offside to her.’
Mr Gray, a former Scottish international footballer, replied: ‘Can you believe that? A female linesman. Women don’t know the offside rule.’
Mr Keys replied: ‘Course they don’t. I can guarantee you there will be a big one today. Kenny (Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish) will go potty. This isn’t the first time, is it? Didn’t we have one before?’
Later in the exchange, Mr Keys said: ‘The game’s gone mad. Did you hear charming [vice-chairwoman of West Ham] Karren Brady this morning complaining about sexism? Do me a favour, love.’
Karren Brady is one of the highest female profiles in football out there today and as mentioned, is West Ham vice chairwoman. She reacted to Gray’s and Key’s comments by taking to BBC’s 5Live and said it had made her “blood boil”.
“I’m genuinely disappointed. It never would have occurred to me that [Keys and Gray] had these views, whether public or private.”
“I just think it’s unfair. Here is somebody doing a very important job under very difficult circumstances, who deserves and warrants our respect and here are two people who other people listen to and get their views from not giving her a chance,” she said.
“Everyone is entitled to a personal opinion but what really upsets me is the fact that only females in our industry are judged by their gender and that is categorically wrong.
Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis took immediate action against the duo and said the pair have been removed from their duties for tonight’s clash between Bolton and Chelsea.
“It has been made clear to each of them that their comments were totally unacceptable.
“Those views are inexcusable, entirely inconsistent with our ethos as a business and employer and will rightly offend many of our customers, our people and the wider public.
“They are inexcusable from anyone at Sky, regardless of their role or seniority.
“We have dealt with this matter by taking immediate disciplinary action.”
It’s quite hilarious these days how many times Keys has been caught churning out useless material and this isn’t his first offence. Just back in September at half time in a Champions League encounter, he had criticised Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, labelling him “a stupid little boy in daft pink boots” while he, once again, thought he was ‘off mic’.