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Keys' wife says Sky 'offside' in handling of sexism row

Ben Mitchell in London

Published 28/01/2011 | 05:00

The wife of former TV presenter Richard Keys, who resigned over the Sky Sports sexism row, yesterday blasted the broadcaster as being "offside" in how it handled the controversy.

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Keys announced his resignation on Wednesday night, following the sacking of Andy Gray on Tuesday.

The football pundits were dropped after they made sexist remarks about assistant referee Sian Massey before the Premier League game between Wolves and Liverpool at the weekend.

Speaking outside the couple's mansion home in Chobham, Surrey, Julia Keys said: "It's really sad. They (Keys and Gray) contributed so much, putting Sky on the map.

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"I feel the wrong two guys were given the red card.

"It doesn't quite make sense in a way and it's questionable the way it has been handled.

"I think Sky was offside in the way it handled it."

When asked how she felt about the comments, she added: "With men there are little bits of you that never grow up.

"It's banter from the boys. What other people do not understand is the dynamics that go on in the studio.

"He (Keys) is very aware of the tensions that there are and it not being as relaxed as it would be unless there were playful shenanigans."

Keys said: "I am deeply sorry for my remarks and the offence they have caused.

"Going forward without Andy would have been almost impossible. I am and will remain proud of our work. I wish Sky Sports continued success in the future."

Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said: "Richard recognises that his comments at the weekend were unacceptable and we note that he has made a full and public apology.

"We thank him for his time in helping make Sky Sports the success it is today."

Keys' resignation came as Gray said he was "devastated by losing the job that I love".

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