Dallmeier

Business Directory

Browse the Directory

Sign Up to the Directory

FC Business Twitter
FC business Linked in
FC Business facebook
FC Business Youtube

Sky Sports apologise for sexist comments by presenters

Mon 24th Jan 2011 | Television & Broadcasting

The unguarded comments made by Sky Sports presenters Richard Keys and Andy Gray about assistant referee Sian Massey, could see them severely disciplined by the channel.

Sky Sports have been forced to apologise and are under increasing pressure to discipline the pair after they made sexist comments about the female assistant referee during Liverpool’s win over Wolves on Saturday afternoon.

The comments were made off air but were picked up by the pair’s microphones which were still recording during Sky’s live broadcast of the game at Molineux.

The pair complained that assistant referee, Massey, probably didn't know the offside rule and that someone "fucked up big" by appointing a female match official.

"The game's gone mad," said Keys, the channel's football anchor.

Massey, 25, was running the line in a Premier League game for only the second time and made a crucial, finely judged offside decision when Fernando Torres scored the first goal for Liverpool.

She is one of three assistant referees selected for promotion by the Premier League and has been earmarked as a potential official in for the biggest matches. There are 853 female referees in England and the number is rising.

Key and Gray also commented about Wendy Toms, who in the late 90s became the first female assistant referee in the Premier League and Karren Brady, West Ham’s Vice Chairman.

"It is absolutely abhorrent that gender is the only consideration when talking about female officials," Brady told the Guardian. "I am very interested to see what the bosses at Sky Sports think of this and then we will know whether sexism goes to the top of the game or not."

Sky said last night: "The comments are not acceptable. They were not made on air but we have spoken to Richard and Andy and told them our views and they have apologised and expressed their regret."

The FA issued a statement which offered "wholehearted and continuing support" for female match officials.

Mike Riley, general manager of the referees' body said: "All referees and assistant referees are appointed on merit and ability. They are assessed on their performances only."

 

RETURN TO LATEST NEWS SECTION

 

SUBSCRIBE TO THE F.C. BUSINESS RSS FEED

 

If you have any football business related news stories you’d like to share then please contact us – agourley@fcbusiness.co.uk or ryan@fcbusiness.co.uk

 

 

Add to: Google Google | Yahoo Yahoo | Live Live | del.icio.us del.icio | Digg Digg |

Related Articles

Sky Sports wins live EFL rights, will stream midweek games after new 600m TV deal

Tue 12th Sep 2017 | Television & Broadcasting

Sky Sports has strengthened its position as the home of football with a new deal to show live coverage of the EFL until 2024, offering Sky customers more matches and more ways to watch than ever...

Sky Search For 'Next Jamie Vardy'

Tue 22nd Aug 2017 | Television & Broadcasting

A documentary based on the search for the next Jamie Vardy will be shown on Sky from September. The Leicester City and England star's story is well-known, rising from non-league football with...

Premier League awarded anti-piracy Blocking Order

Thu 27th Jul 2017 | Television & Broadcasting

As part of its biggest ever crackdown on the illegal streaming of its content, the Premier League has obtained a High Court Order that will require UK Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block...

MUTV Launched Online In UK and Ireland

Tue 11th Jul 2017 | Television & Broadcasting

Manchester United’s official television network, MUTV, is now available to all supporters in the UK and Ireland, via a new streaming service. The newly launched service at mutv.com will be...