The sexism row seems to have been taken way out of proportion. So they made a mistake. Not even on air. Surely if everything everybody said off air was noted nobody would be working (it’s not as bad as when that jeweller commented off air on what a pile of rubbish he was selling to the nation). Both Richard Keys and Andy Gray have apologised but it seems that is not enough. I felt sorry for Richard yesterday as he did his radio interview – he said:-
“I don’t have an agent or a spin doctor. I don’t tweet or blog, and finding myself in the middle of something like this is most discomfiting. “I’ve never had a problem in my life saying sorry when I’m wrong. It was wrong. We were wrong, totally and utterly wrong.”
So I thought I’d pass his apology on because apparently his offer to make a public apology was refused. He says that “dark forces” were at work during an emotional apology for his part in the football sexism row that has cost him his job at Sky Sports. “I rang Sian on behalf of Andy and myself and made it an official apology, which she accepted. I expressed my disappointment that Andy and I, in misguidedly having a little fun, had got it wrong. It was wrong. She and I enjoyed some banter together and we left on very good terms. She was in very good spirits and I explained that I was misguided. There was no excuse for anybody to make any excuse for anyone. It was wrong”
While Keys was on air, Andy Gray, his fellow commentator who was sacked from his £1.7 million-a-year job yesterday, issued a statement in which he said he was “very sorry that certain comments made by me have caused offence”.
I am quite sure female linesman (lineswomen/linesperson?) expect a little bit of banter – football is inherently a very male sport and it’s going to take many more years to change opinion completely. Wouldn’t it be better to laugh it off and ensure they don’t do it again rather than sack them?
As Richard himself says: “Is football full of sportsmen who enjoy a little bit of lads’ mag humour? Yes, it is. But I don’t think football is inherently sexist.”