RICHARD KEYS BREAKS SILENCE ON SEXISM ROW

Richard Keys has found himself at the centre of a media frenzy this week as sexist comments made ‘off-air’ found their way into the public domain – and has spoken for the first time giving his side of the story.

Richard Keys reveals his side of the story on the sexism row that saw Andy Gray fired

Popular c0-commentator Andy Gray has already lost his job over comments made over Sian Massey, the female assistant referee that handled the Wolves v Liverpool game this past Saturday.

Keys & Gray were both taped making reference to their opinion on the adequacy of female referees, with Keys saying “someone better get down there and explain the offside rule to her”.

Today Keys chose to break his silence this afternoon to speak to UK radio station talkSport to break his silence on the issue.

Sounding sincere and tired Keys began his interview by clarifying;

“There’s a firestorm ragining out there, and it’s been very difficult to step into the middle of it – It was my idea to talk to you today, it was the best place to say the things I want to say”

Before there was even a question asked, Keys insisted that his apology happened before many papers had suggested – not after 5pm after the game as some tabloids had reported.

“I would like to reiterate what I said to Sian Massey on Sunday, during the second half – I rang on behalf of Andy and myself'  and made it an official apology. We had some banter, I expressed my disappointment at mine and Andy misguidedly got it wrong, whilst trying to have a little fun” “and she left in good spirits”

Richard Keys reveals his side of the story on the sexism row that saw Andy Gray fired

During the interview Keys was keen to defend not just Sky, but football itself as he apologised unreservedly for his actions.


Is football inherantly sexist? No. Is it full of people who enjoy a little bit of lad’s mag humour? Yes.” Keys continued “Sky is not inheriently sexist, Sky Sports is not inherently sexist, the Football department is not inherently sexist”

Keys also hinted that ‘higher-ups’ allowed the situation to escalate into what it has, saying ‘dark forces’ stopped his from getting'  his side of the story out;

There are some dark forces at work here. I asked whether we could make it clear that we’d had a conversation and we both felt it best to move on – I was told ‘No’.”

As for Massey herself, Keys pleaded with the press to give her privacy and get back to doing what she loves: saying “Leave her alone – ask yourself ‘Why are you doing this?'”

When asked whether he’s fit to do his job in light of Gray’s sacking, Keys sounded deflated – and gave a frank evaluation

“No, I suppose. That’s for someone else to decide. Do I want to carry on without him? That’s something I’ll have to answer myself

Our ‘Prehistoric Banter’ is not acceptable in the modern world, I accept that – things changed, we didn’t”

Where do you stand on the debate?

Malicious sexism? Outdated humour? Or has something more sinister happened?

Let us know in the comments!


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10 Comments

  • I believe that it is something that happens everyday. Is it right, probably not, but it is the same when roles are reversed when a guy is in more of a female role. It is just banter, and the only problem here is that it seems ‘famous’ people are not allowed to joke or have an opinion on anything that may be considered a touchy subject. Just like managers are not allowed to comment on referee’s performances without finding themselves in hot water, it is political correctness gone mad.

  • At least Keys and Gray thought they were off air when they said these comments, however I think Sky needs to be consistent and sack Keys as well.

  • storm in a tea cup with the press pushing a nothing story into a story.
    ok the comments were old skool as it were but not the end of the world.
    the most important thing is that the lady involved is happy with the apology and that it does not have any lasting effects on her. im sure she would have given them what for if she felt she needed to as she would have had a lot of old skool banter through the leagues.

  • ANDY GRAY IS SKY SPORTS FOOTBALL. HES BEEN THERE SINCE 94 , AND TO GO OUT LIKE THIS IS BS. IM GONNA MISS HIM AND HIS AFTER MATCH ANALYSIS. FROM THE DAYS OF THE VIDEO TAPES TO THE COMPUTER HE IS A FOOTBALL PUNDIT LEGEND
    THE REASON WHY THEY SACKED HIM IS BECAUSE OF FOOTAGE (AGAIN OFF AIR COMMENTS) IN DECEMBER. AGAIN BS. SKY SPORTS WONT BE THE SAME WITHOUT HIM AND FIFA ON MY PS3 WONT BE THE SAME WITHOUT HIM.

  • As the first commenter said. Political correctness gone mad. Banter like this happens all the time. For me, the concept of sexism is over-inflated by insecure women. Men and women are different in a number of ways, this is how the world works and how men and women complement each other. Women in football is fantastic and I have no problem with it, I wish there were more.
    Keys and Gray criticize linesmen all the time, why is there no furore made over it when they are male?

    I read somewhere;
    ‎”The gender “equality” agenda is nonsense: men and women are supposed to specialize and cooperate, not compete. Our evil leaders want more tax, hence tell women they are equal and encourage them to behave aggressively like men – the result? More failed marriages and kids with no stable upbringing, which of course means more needy consumers for the military industrial complex.”

    I think there’s some grains of truth in that.

    For me, something sinister must have happened for this casual banter to have these ramifications, especially since they commended her decision and apologized for the comments. It makes me very sad.

  • Its my birthday today footy boots universe, and come on are people not allowed to have a joke anymore. its great women are in football, it may bring more respect for male officials as players may have learnt some manners around a woman. but come on.

  • it was just pure banter, it just proves they are human and that they share the same veiws as millions of other men. When they show they are normal people they get sacked and i disagree strongly on the whole saga

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