Sky Sports presenters have their knuckles thrashed with heavy ruler, well kind of.
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Two Sky Sports football presenters have been disciplined and dropped from coverage of a Premier League match after making critical comments about a female assistant referee.
Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis said the pair had been removed from their duties covering tonight’s Bolton and Chelsea clash.
He 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.
“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.
“We have dealt with this matter by taking immediate disciplinary action.”
The pair were recorded off-air saying women “probably don’t know the offside rule”, when they were discussing the appointment of Sian Massey to Saturday’s Premier League match between Wolves and Liverpool.
Keys said: “Somebody better get down there and explain the offside rule to her.”
To which Gray replied: “Yeah, I know, can you believe that? A female linesman. That’s exactly what I was saying: women don’t know the offside rule. (Sky Sports)
So there you have it. Wonder who will replace them?
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