DISGRACED Sky sports duo Andy Gray and Richard keys are a couple of old dinasaurs who probably don’t even understand what all the fuss is about – but the more you listen to their rant about female assistant referee Sian Massey the worse it gets.
Keys: ‘Somebody better get down there and explain offside to her.’
Gray: ‘Can you believe that? A female linesman. Women don’t know the offside rule.’
Keys: ‘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, 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.’
Sky like to boast that they changed the game for the better through TV money which helped bring the best players in the world to the Premier League. Now Sky have a chance to make their contribution towards cleaning up the game. Do us a favour Sky Sports and give Gray and Keys the red card.
Gray faced increasing pressure to quit Sky Sports on Monday night after it emerged he was involved in ANOTHER sexist rant at the same female official.
Sky attempted to take the heat out of the situation when they suspended Gray and Keys from Monday night’s live coverage of the Bolton v Chelsea clash. But the furore surrounding their sexist comments has escalated with motor-mouth Gray the man under the most pressure.
Gray was caught discussing assistant referee Massey in derogatory terms during a pre-match interview with reporter Andy Burton, who could also face questions over his own role in the saga, before the match between Wolves and Liverpool at Molineux.
In the footage, reporter Burton claims a colleague described Massey as a ‘bit of a looker’.
‘He says she is alright,’ Burton added. ‘Now I don’t know if I should trust his judgement on that?’
Gray replied: ‘Nah, I wouldn’t. I definitely wouldn’t.’
A member of the Sky team then refers to Massey again, and Gray is heard saying: ‘I can see her from here [expletives]. What do women know about the offside rule?’
It will increase the pressure on Gray to justify holding on to his position at the TV channel.
Presenter David Jones and analyst Jamie Redknapp stood in at the Reebok Stadium for the Monday Night Football regulars Gray and Keys. Former Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce replaced Gray in the commentary box.
Sky are struggling to take the heat out of the controversy that has raged since their shocking comments about Massey before Wolves v Liverpool.
After suspending the pair for Monday’s match, Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis confirmed in a statement: ‘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.
‘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.”