David Moyes – manager of Sunderland – has been charged by the Football Association for the inappropriate and sexist remarks he made to BBC reporter Vicki Sparks in March 2017.
The FA stated in an official statement: “David Moyes has been charged in relation to comments made after the game against Burnley on 18 March 2017. It is alleged the Sunderland manager’s remarks were improper and/or threatening and/or brought the game into disrepute, contrary to FA Rule E3(1). He has until 6pm on 3 May 2017 to reply to the charge.”
The incident took place in a post-match interview following Sunderland’s goalless draw with Burnley last month. The comments were made by Moyes after Sparks asked him if we was under extra pressure due to the presence of Sunderland owner, Ellis Short, in the stands.
While the cameras were still rolling, Moyes replied: “No, none at all.” However, after the interview was finished, Moyes said to Sparks: “You were just getting a wee bit naughty at the end there, so just watch yourself. You still might get a slap, even though you’re a woman. Careful the next time you come in.”
However, little that the former Manchester United boss knew, one of the cameras were still rolling and recorded the exchange.
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David Moyes has since apologized to Sparks, who has accepted the apology.