Richard Keys and Andy Gray have today been disciplined by Sky after they were caught making sexist remarks about female assistant referee Sian Massey.
The comments were made before Saturday’s Premier League game between Wolves and Liverpool at Molineux. As they were preparing to cover the game for Sky Sports on Saturday lunchtime and believing their microphones were off, Keys said: “Somebody better get down there and explain offside to her.”
Gray then added: “Women don’t know the offside rule.”
These two have been the face of live football on sky for numerous years and this is a horrendous error by both men. The comments are more like the nonsensical rants of ‘blokes in the pub’ rather than two highly paid and well respected pundits and lovers of the game.
Managing director of Sky Sports, Barney Francis said: “Their comments were totally unacceptable.”
The pair have been removed from duty for coverage of tonights Monday Night Football between Bolton and Chelsea at the Reebok Stadium. This should provide at least a weeks relief from Andy Gray and his over-use of technology as Sky look to resurrect Premier League matches on Monday nights.
Gray insists on pausing each individual frame of action he is analysing, before covering the touch screen in lines and arrows that after a while only confuse the viewer more. We are used to him not letting Keys get a word in edgeways, but when it comes to pre-match interviews with the managers, whoever thought it was a good idea to let Gray cover them should think again. He is hell-bent on getting his own views in, this coupled with having banter with the manager makes it all a bit pointless having the manager on.
The comments made by Gray seem not at all out of character as he seems to believe no one knows more about football than him. It appeared we got enough of him and his technology on Super Sunday: The Last Word, but Sky seem to have found more airtime that he can take up with his useless over analysing of football.
It is not yet clear what, if any further punishment the pair will recieve.
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