Thursday 26 April 2018

Moyes sees red as FA boss wades into 'slap' row

Sunderland manager David Moyes. Photo: PA
Sunderland manager David Moyes. Photo: PA

Luke Edwards

David Moyes has been angered by criticism from English FA chairman Greg Clarke over his controversial comments to a female reporter that were made before the Sunderland manager had a chance to respond to the governing body's request for his version of events.

Moyes warned BBC journalist Vicki Sparks she might "get a slap" as a result of an interview following Sunderland's goalless draw against Burnley last month.

Although Moyes swiftly apologised to Sparks and concedes that his comments were unacceptable, he feels the head of the FA should not have publicly expressed his view ahead of any future disciplinary proceedings.

Sunderland and Moyes have been granted more time to respond to the FA's request for his observations.

It is understood that the Scot will express his concern about Clark's comments when he finally submits his version of events.

The former Everton and Manchester United manager was contacted by the FA last Monday after the video of the row had been leaked on Sunday night.

"It was regrettable, it was distasteful and I think it showed a complete lack of respect," said Clarke.

When asked if it was sexist, Clarke added: "It could have been interpreted as such. I regret that it happened and I'm sure that David Moyes regrets that it happened."

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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