January 23rd, 2011 by SeveSanchez
…Because of idiots like Sky commentators Andy Gray and Richard Keys. Before yesterday’s Liverpool-Wolves match, the microphones caught them making some unsavory comments about the female linesman and West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady.
Commenting on [Linesman Sian] Massey, Mr Keys said, “Somebody better get down there and explain offside to her.”
Mr. Gray, a former Scottish international footballer, replied, “Can you believe that? A female linesman. Women don’t know the offside rule.”
Mr. Keys replied, “Course they don’t. I can guarantee you there will be a big one today. Kenny (Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish) will go potty. This isn’t the first time, is it? Didn’t we have one before?”
Later in the exchange, Mr. Keys said, “The game’s gone mad. Did you hear charming Karren Brady this morning complaining about sexism? Do me a favor, love.”
You can hear the audio here.
Besides being blatantly sexist, the true damage of these remarks is that now everyone will remember Ms. Massey for her role in this controversy, rather than the excellent officiating job she did. She nailed every call spot on, most notably the big decision on whether Raul Meireles was onside in creating Liverpool’s opening goal. The performance she had yesterday was higher than most referees in the Premier League, regardless of sex– but nobody will remember that now.
I hope you’ll join me in following this story with great interest. Imagine what would happen to Keys and Gray if their remarks had been racist? They’d be canned, tarred and feathered, and slandered in the press by black players and pundits claiming the pair are the biggest bane to the sport since Stalin sent some of the world’s best players to gulag.
But it’s only a little sexism, so Keys and Gray will probably only get fined and issue the standard rambling apology. Maybe be given a weekend leave to play golf instead of heehaw through a Premiership matchday.
I suppose that’s the norm when the President of FIFA thinks female players ought to dress a little sexier.
Glad to see Keys and Gray have come a long way since these days.Tags: Sexism, Women