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James Lawton: Sneering, sexist commentators deserve more than a yellow card

Published 25/01/2011 | 05:00

'The prejudice displayed by Andy Gray and Richard Keys about assistant referee Sian Massey casts grave doubts on their future credibility as commentators the next time football is beset by a moral crisis'
'The prejudice displayed by Andy Gray and Richard Keys about assistant referee Sian Massey casts grave doubts on their future credibility as commentators the next time football is beset by a moral crisis'

You didn't need any particular skin colour to believe that Ron Atkinson -- despite a fine record of encouraging and celebrating emerging young black stars like Cyrille Regis and Laurie Cunningham -- had made a pyre for his broadcasting career when, beside a microphone he thought was dead, he uttered a racist comment on the work ethic of Marcel Desailly.

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Nor do you have to be a woman to be sickened by the sexist remarks of Sky's leading football broadcasters Richard Keys and Andy Gray and the so far wholly inadequate response of their employers.

The truth is that you don't have to be a lot of things to say that not only was the prejudice expressed by Keys and Gray shocking, it also cast grave doubts about their future credibility whenever football is besieged by something we might describe as a moral crisis.

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