What Did Andy Gray Say To Charlotte Jackson To Get Him Sacked?
Andy Gray has been sacked by Sky Sports for sexist comments aimed at Sian Massey, a female referee’s assistant used by the premier league. In this article we will review what Andy Gray said, why he has been sacked by sky sports, look at if his comments were right or wrong and see how people generally feel about Sian Massey as a female referee.
Andy Gray has worked at sky sports since 1992, he has been the top pundit on the channel and a favourite commentator for many years. With the news of his sacking from sky sports it will be interesting to see the public reaction in light of this new development. So now let's have a look at what exactly happened and then give you the chance to have your say on the matter.
Andy Gray & Richard Keys
The outrage began when Andy Gray and Richard Keys made remarks about female referee Sian Massey before the Wolves versus Liverpool match on Saturday. The pair assumed their microphones were turned off but were heard to say about Massey that ‘female assistant referees do not know the offside rule’ then later they were heard to say ‘somebody better get down there and explain offside to her’. After these comment came out the pair were both disciplined by sky sports.
Later Richard Keys made a phone call to Sian Massey apologising for his comments. The pair were both told they would not be working on Monday night football that week. Everyone assumed that would be the end of the matter, however, on Monday more evidence came to light.
Sian Massey Picture
On Monday it came out that while talking to pitch side reporter Andy Burton, Gray had made further comments about women and the offside rule. Burton was also said to refer as Massey as ‘a bit of a looker‘. The pair joked about the referee and showed little respect. Burton was warned about his comment and given a slap on the wrist.
It has now come out though that further sexist comments from Gray had been mentioned back in December. The footage show Gray making comments to his fellow reporter Charlotte Jackson who does not openly respond, however moments later Gray and Keys both break into laughter. So it looks as though Andy Gray is being punished for not one but several sexist comments and remarks towards women.
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The Correct Decision?
So with Andy Gray being sacked by Sky Sports it begs the question, were they right to take such strong action? Obviously we can not condone the comments made by Gray, but the fact is they were all off air. They were meant to be humorous, maybe he does not approve of women getting involved in football but he has in no way come out publicly and voiced that. Chances are the vast majority of people involved in football have passed comment about Sian Massey appearing as a lineswoman. The fact is it breaks the taboo in football so it is bound to cause a few snide comments.
Andy Gray is a legend when it comes to Sky Sports. He is widely respected by his peers, he has an incredible footballing knowledge and brings an undeniable passion to the game. He will be sorely missed and Sky Sports will never be able to replace him. The partnership that he and Martin Tyler created commentating on football was simply second to none, nobody else has ever come close to the standard that those two men set. So the debate will no doubt rage on. Were Sky Sports right to sack Andy Gray? Should women be allowed to referee a male game of football? Feel free to post your comments below and so we can get some good feedback on how everyone feels about this.
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