Andy Gray sacked by Sky Sports as star analyst pays the price for sexist tirades

Andy Gray has been sacked by Sky Sports over his string of sexist outbursts.

The TV pundit was suspended after his controversial comments aimed at female assistant referee Sian Massey.

But the emergence of older footage – in which he directed a lewd comment at fellow Sky Sports presenter Charlotte Jackson – has forced them to take decisive action.

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The leaked film, again featuring fellow shamed colleague Richard Keys, show the pundit asking Jackson to tuck a microphone pack down his trousers.

Gray, he suggestively asks Jackson: ‘Charlotte, can you tuck this [microphone pack] down here for me love… Tuck this down here.’

A Sky statement read: ‘Sky Sports has terminated its contract with Andy Gray. The decision which is effective immediately was made in response to new evidence of unacceptable and offensive behaviour.

‘The new evidence relating to an off-air incident that took place in December 2010 came to light after Andy Gray had already been subjected to disciplinary action for his comments of 22 January 2011.’

Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis added: ‘Andy Gray’s contract has been terminated for unacceptable behaviour.  After issuing a warning yesterday we have no hesitation in taking this action after becoming aware of new information today.’

On Saturday, Gray was caught criticising Massey off-air in two separate incidents and he has now paid the price with his lucrative £1.7million-a-year job.

It has also emerged that Massey has now been withdrawn from her role as assistant referee in Tuesday night’s League Two match between Crewe and Bradford.

A statement from Mike Riley, the general manager of Professional Game Match Officials, read: ‘PGMO and Sian believe that with any football match the focus should not be on the officials but on the players and the game itself.  That is only fair to those connected with the clubs and their supporters.

KEYS: ‘Somebody better get down there and explain offside to her.’
GRAY: Can you believe that? Women don’t know the offside rule.
KEYS: ‘Course they don’t.
GRAY: Why is there a female linesman? Somebody’s ****ed up big.
KEYS: I guarantee there will be a big one today. Kenny (Dalglish) will go potty. This is not the first time. Didn’t we have one before? Wendy Toms?
GRAY: She was ****ing hopeless as well.
KEYS: Did you hear charming Karren Brady complaining about sexism?


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