Two of the most famous famous football broadcasters landed themselves in hot water over the weekend after they made sexist remarks about women.
The pair were taped having an off-air conversation in which they questioned the female official who was running the line for the Wolves v Liverpool match on Saturday before launching into an attack on an article that Karren Brady, former Birmingham City and current West Ham director, wrote in her newspaper column on that morning.
I know this has bugger all to do with Newcastle, but it is a big talking point at the moment and raises a good question about sexism in sport. Should it be tolerated? Are people going over the top? Are they just saying what people are thinking?
With regard to the female official, Sian Massey, this is what the pair had to say during their off-air converstaion;
Richard Keys: “Somebody better get down there and explain offside to her.”
Andy Gray: “Can you believe that? A female linesman. Women don’t know the offside rule.”
RK: “Course they don’t. I can guarantee you there will be a big one (offside call) today. Kenny will go potty. This isn’t the first time, is it? Didn’t we have one before?”
The pair were subsequently proved wrong when Massey proceeded to get one of the most contentious decisions correct, without the use of dozens of TV replay’s from different angles.
It didn’t end there for the pair either, certainly not for Richard Keys anyway, when he reacted to an article by Karren Brady, where she wrote about her experience of sexism in sport, by saying this:
Richard Keys: “The game’s gone mad. Did you hear charming Karren Brady this morning complaining about sexism? Do me a favour, love.”
The pair have since apologised, but have they overstepped the mark too much for an apology to cover it all up? In reality they should pay for their blunder, like we all have to when we make a balls up, but the problem is that I very much doubt that any action will be taken against the pair.
Andy Gray is a well known hater of Newcastle, purely because we keep beating his little tin-pot teams that he used to play for. This makes him bitter towards us, so last night I decided to sign a petition asking for the removal of him from his job on Sky Sports.
Richard Keys is just an extremely hairy man who got lucky and managed to screw a job when Sky decided they wanted to
take football away from the common fan er I mean revolutionise the game of football.
I have no time for either of them to be honest. They are just an incovenience that is attached to my Sky Sports subscription. They overstepped the mark in my book.
Mind you, on the flipside of that, what was said was supposed to be a private, off-air conversation. Did they really say anything that a bloke watching the match down the pub on Saturday lunchtime wouldn’t have said? Perhaps more importantly, do they not have a right to a view? A view that was supposed to be private?
What do you think?