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Friday 22 September 2017

Andy Gray's chances of a TV return hit as new sexist video emerges

Just days after making his return as a football pundit on British television with BT Sport, new video footage has emerged of former Sky Sports commentator Andy Gray, and Richard Keys, aiming sexist comments at reporter Clare Tomlinson.

The latest video of sexist behaviour during his Sky Sports days will heap further embarrassment on the pundit, who has been working at BeInSport in Qatar with Keys after being fired by Sky in 2011 following the emergence of leaked tapes that showed the pair making sexist off-air comments.

However, after three years away, Gray was hired by BT last weekend for Stevenage's FA Cup tie against Everton. It was thought that the opportunity to work with BT would pave the way for Gray to edge his way back into mainstream commentary in the UK, but this latest 30-second clip may have put the breaks on that ever happening.

The new footage, posted on the Football Ramble website and understood to be genuine, shows an exchange between Gray, Keys and touchline reporter Tomlinson in which they sing "get your t*** out for the lads". Gray then makes one final distasteful comment before the footage cuts off.

Gray was sacked by Sky in January 2011 after he and Keys were heard on air making derogatory remarks about female assistant referee Sian Massey prior to a Premier League match between Wolves and Liverpool.

Believing their microphones were off, Gray said: "Can you believe that? A female linesman. Women don't know the offside rule." Keys replied: "Course they don't."

Further leaked footage then emerged of Gray making a lewd comment to colleague Charlotte Jackson before they went on air and of Keys making sexist remarks to pundit Jamie Redknapp.

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