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Andy Gray & Richard Keys removed from MNF

Andy Gray & Richard Keys removed from MNF

Sky Sports have announced that presenters Andy Gray & Richard Keys will not be on their flagship Monday Night Football programme following their off-air comments before the Wolves V Liverpool game.

For those who missed the story, we had Sian Massey running the line at Molineux, one of very few female officials in the English game.

After hearing the news Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys commented off-air to fellow presenter Andy Gray and said: 'Somebody better get down there and explain offside to her.'

Andy Gray quipped: 'women don't know the offside rule' and Richard Keys added: 'of course they don't'

To compound the comments, Richard Keys went on to add: 'See charming Karren Brady this morning complaining about sexism? Yeah. Do me a favour, love,'

In a statement on the BBC Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said: 'I have spoken directly to both Richard Keys and Andy Gray this morning.

'It has been made clear to each of them that their comments were totally unacceptable.

'As with any employee it would not be right to go into detail on those proceedings. However, they have been clearly warned about their behaviour and reminded of their responsibilities.

'In addition, Richard and Andy will not be involved in any way with tonight's live Monday Night Football.'

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Date:Monday January 24 2011
Time: 2:18PM


I was so high up in the stand on the other side of the pitch that I did not know that the linesman was a lineswoman (It could have been Andy Carroll moonlighting). We all thought that Meireles was offside but the cameraman informed us that the linesperson was right ... and she was. I believe Richard Keys and Andy Gray made their comment before the match so they should have apologized when she later proved that she was pretty cute at administering the offside law. Blame Zubes instead!
24/01/2011 14:50:00
FIX - They should both be SACKED. If Ron Atkinson's career went down the drains due to the racist comments he made years ago - what makes this any different. Are they indispendable?
24/01/2011 14:53:00
lolololol They're dumb bums anyway. Using these old chauvinistic phrases just displays a seemingly lack of knowledge. In truth, we all come out with crap like that at times, in whatever direction - human nature, I guess. But as professionals who are representing to a global audience... I agree with DaSPURS. People have walked from lesser profile jobs for similar. Or is that too anal? They were surely taking the p1ss?? Women play professionally, ffs! Stuff it! Sack 'em!
24/01/2011 15:07:00
surely they're allowed to say whatever they like 'off-air' aren't they? i'm not saying i agree with what they said, and wether a woman should be a match official at a premier league game is a different discussion again.. but they are entitled to their opinions and there should be freedom of speech in private and off-air
24/01/2011 15:20:00
This was off air and should not have been made public,a little bit like someone over hearing you speaking to someone else in private and them making your feelings public!.The person who 'stole' this recording should also be found and warned.I in no way condone what they said but they were talking to 'each other'and so it should have remained between the two of them.
Crete Wolf
24/01/2011 16:22:00
Only saying what 99/100 people who watch football think! You should see some of them at grass root level!!
Stourbridge Villan
24/01/2011 19:10:00
I see and hear a lot worse on the train every day. The most pathetic part of all this is that they have nothing to offer of greater intelligence. This is the kind of talk you would hear from two 80 year old's adjusting their flat caps in the local pub muttering to themselves drunk on half a pint of mild.
New York City Wolf
25/01/2011 02:31:00
Me and Banksy springs to mind I bet NYC?
Crete Wolf
25/01/2011 06:23:00
Not quite ... but almost.
25/01/2011 07:40:00
Of course, while I might be muttering something on the lines of what about a couple of new defenders, it wouldn't be on the lines of a female linesperson. If a lady could solve our left back problem, I'd play her in the team straight away.
25/01/2011 07:46:00
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