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What Did Andy Gray Say To Charlotte Jackson To Get Him Sacked?

Updated on January 26, 2011

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

What Happened?

 

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

New Evidence

 

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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      ns1209 

      7 years ago from UK - England

      Were the comments wrong? A little but in a joking way. Should a brilliant football commentator be sacked over them? No way, they were not that bad and it was a joke, if a woman said the same it would be deemed OK.

      Should there be female referees? If they are good enough then yes but why they would really want to I don't know and they should understand they may have to take some stick!

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      Doreen Nestor 

      7 years ago

      HAD TWO FEMALE COMMENTATORS MADE HUMOROUS (YES, HUMOROUS!) REMARKS ABOUT A MALE REFEREE, WOULD THE REACTION HAVE BEEN THE SAME? OF COURSE NOT! WHAT A BUNCH OF IDIOTS THEY MUST BE AT SKY SPORTS. THEY HAVE LOST A BRILLIANT COMMENTATOR, WHO NO DOUBT WILL BE REPLACED BY THE TYPE THAT PASSES FOR A MAN NOWADAYS. SKY HAD TO REACT BECAUSE THEY ARE CHOC-A-BLOC WITH USELESS FEMALE PRESENTERS. LOOK AT THE NEWSROOM, FOR GOD'S SAKE! YES, I AM A WOMAN, ONE WHO IS SICK AND TIRED OF THIS NONSENSE. OH, AND BY THE WAY, THE FOOTBALL PITCH IS NO PLACE FOR A WOMAN, BE IT A PREMIERSHIP GAME, OR NOT.

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      7 years ago

      What puzzles me is if it was d other way round wud there b so much made about it, and don't think for 1 minute that women don't pass judgement on men, we do it all d time, fair enough it was on air and i believe d man made a genuine mistake that he is dearly paying for, and as for all d other aqusations that are bn made against him are all hear say,

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      JoJo 

      7 years ago

      It was in a work place and if anyone made comments like that in a school or hospital, for example they'd be disciplined and if they continued they'd be sacked. Why should they get away with because their famous. Also, has anyone ever thought that the FA may have asked Sky sports to sack him?

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      Pedrotoon 

      7 years ago

      ^ why? That easy, it's now come to light that Andy Gray wasn't liked by his colleagues and they've taken revenge. I can't believe people could hate him so much as to ruin his career from now on, not to mention his name. From now on when Andy Gray gets typed into google it'll be followed by 'sexist', 'sacked' and 'Karen Brady's punch bag'

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      kinnsyg 

      7 years ago

      The problem is we don't know what Jackson's response to gray was. If he was intimidating her in any way, he should go...but why has it only come out after his comments about Massey?

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      Andrew Orrell 

      7 years ago from UK

      I don't debate that women have the ability to referee matches, I think it's the reaction they would get if they did. The amount of uproar there has been about one lineswoman has been crazy. I think it is just PC gone a little mad. How long before we see women playing in the mens game? Where does it all end? I think women should referee womens football and men should referee mens football.

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      Jefsaid 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      I think it would be double-standards if they did not. By all accounts he had been condescending to a female co-presenter a month previously asking her to do his shirt buttons up. It seems to me that someone had a bit of a vendetta out on him and the mic being left on might not have been a mistake. It was also contradictory of him to scoff at Karen Brady's claims of sexism in football while in the same breath ridiculing sian Massey. I say there is no smoke without fire and I suspect other incidents may have risen to the surface had he stayed on. In terms of women being referees, I again cannot see any issue with this if they have come through the necessary ranks. Most of the male referees have no greater football knowledge to boast. In fact, thousands of women play football in the UK and millions across the World so why not?

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      Andrew Orrell 

      7 years ago from UK

      I'd have to agree, tried to write the hub in a non commital kind of way, but to be honest I think it's a disgrace! Yes he was wrong to say what he said, but it was in private. I'm a massive fan of Andy Gray and think he brings so much to Sky Sports. He will leave a massive hole behind!

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      Leachy79 

      7 years ago from Aylesbury, Bucks, England

      I think Sky Sports are wrong to sack him. I don't see that any of the 'additional evidence' are any worse than the original conversation. I think Sky Sports were feeling the heat from the general public and took the easy option.

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