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Andy Gray

“Offensive” Scot……

….Sacked by Sky Sports after failing to arrange to get his tongue tucked in (watch the video if you are in the UK).

Reported by the same BBC who hung on to the equally offensive Jonathan Ross for two years and even aired the even more offensive Russell Brand as recently as January 19th this year!

At a press conference about the offside laws Kenny Dalglish asked if it would be OK for a Scot to remain in the room, he also asked if any of his colleagues were uploading videos to YouTube, just to be on the safe side.

Curly thinks that MOTD would be much improved for half of South Shields’ footy fans if the equally balding Alan Shearer was replaced, along with the old groaners from Liverpool.

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Written by curly

January 26, 2011 at 6:59 am

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  1. Poor guys,I believe this was a set up. personal conversation between Mr Gray & the other guy.
    Its a joke if sky wanted to pay older presenters off the payroll to make way for new talent they went the hard way about it.After all its an age old saying women dont understand the offside rule.A warning about conduct would normally be enough.

    mick de

    January 26, 2011 at 7:45 am

  2. Employment barristers will have fun with this one; bet they retain a lady QC. Warning to miscreants and their fulsome apology to offended party should have sufficed. This in a country which tolerates offensive personalised tweets by publicly elected officials, and the increasingly vulgar antics and dialogue of certain pre “watershed” soap operas…

    LL.B

    January 26, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    • Richard Keys says “dark forces are at work“, now disregarding for a moment the sexist comments and behaviour, if I were an employer I’d be pretty miffed if someone in my team was continually uploading incriminating videoclips to YouTube. The clips are showing behaviours which had not been subject to disciplinary procedures in the past, and which were NOT intended for public broadcast! I have no idea how many people are involved in a Sky coverage of a football match but one must assume that more than three or four heard the remarks, and, since no disciplinary action was taken back in December, that behaviour may have been regarded as “acceptable” on that (or other) occasions.

      Let me stress that I am not excusing, condoning, or defending the remarks made, just questioning the disciplinary procedures that they have in place.

      curly

      January 26, 2011 at 4:33 pm

  3. Fair comment; failure to follow correct procedures can leave legal loopholes whether in the sphere of civil law or criminal investigations. Sexist behaviour, banter and comments not the sole province of the male gender…

    LL.B

    January 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    • Well now that Keys has resigned there will be at least two vacancies at Sky Sports, go for it Messrs. Shearer, Hanson, and Lawrence, or would we prefer Gabby Logan?

      curly

      January 26, 2011 at 7:20 pm

  4. Wonder what Andy Gray and his ilk would say about women rugby players?We have a local example of one who has achieved the highest honours in that sport, so no doubt the Six Nations pitches, touchlines as well as the commentary box will see women match officials and commentators, and all the better for that. An easier way to earn £1million plus per annum than football management for Mr Shearer perhaps…

    LL.B

    January 27, 2011 at 6:55 am


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