'It was just a bit of banter' - Eamon Dunphy on David Moyes' 'slap' remark
RTE Pundit Eamon Dunphy has said that Sunderland manager David Moyes' comments to Radio Five Live reporter Vicki Sparks was just a bit of 'banter', and that you have to take into account Moyes' character when assessing the 53-year-old's remarks.
A video published by the Daily Star on Monday captured the manager reacting to a question he did not like, saying: "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."
Both Moyes and Sparks were laughing during the exchange, and the reporter did not make a complaint, with Dunphy waving the exchange off as some “Glasgow street slang”.
“I think you have to take into account David Moyes’ character and I think he is a real decent guy,” Dunphy said on RTE 2FM's Game On.
“Always has been. Even in adversity such as his seven-month spell at Manchester United when he was thrown out.
“I think that was a bit of banter. I think there was humour, not anger in his voice.
“That thing about giving a woman a slap is kind of Glasgow street slang really. If it was said in a formal setting in a press conference or in any formal way, I think it would be far more serious.”
UK Shadow Sports Minister Dr Rosena Allin-Khan called upon the FA to take action via her Twitter account.
Dr Allin-Khan tweeted: "David Moyes cannot get away with these sexist threats - the @FA must take action immediately."
Asked if he was sexist, Moyes replied: "No. I think people who know me would say that and as I said in the heat of the moment, I used the wrong words."
Dunphy agrees with the embattled Black Cats boss and insisted that his strong character be taken into account before judging his comments.
"I don’t think we can be sanguine about anything that hints at domestic violence, or any kind of violence against women,” Dunphy added.
“It’s very, very serious, but I would factor in David Moyes’ character. There was a little chuckle at the end of it and the lady accepted his apology.
“All things considered, I would say, ‘okay, it’s noted and it’s over’.
“It may have been a joke and I think it was.
“He’s not Donald Trump. He’s been around a long time in football and he’s a man that everyone respects.
“Outrage is easy to fake. To voice outrage is to be on the safe side. I think you should always take all the circumstances into account and say what you believe.
“I don’t think he deserves any sanction, other than the one he is probably giving himself.”