Sexist remarks at female match official

Date: February 1, 2011
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Richard Keys and Andy Gray of Sky Sports are products of modern television’s habit of recasting broadcasters as “personalities”, celebrities, players in the great drama on field and screen. With this power, often, comes an arrogance and an inability to size up the world outside the studio.

Keys and Gray were recorded during transmission of Saturday’s Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool complaining that the assistant referee, Sian 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. The recording was not broadcast, but was passed to the Mail on Sunday by an anonymous source. “See charming Karren Brady this morning complaining about sexism?” Keys said. “Yeah. Do me a favour, love.”

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