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Sky deemed it to be “unacceptable and offensive behavior” in announcing Gray’s firing. Gray has hired a leading London law firm to fight his dismissal.

His only public comment has come from the law firm, stressing in a statement Wednesday that the “comments were made off-air to work colleagues, and were of course never intended to be broadcast.”

Keys defended Gray on Wednesday during an hour-long appearance on TalkSport radio.

Responding to Ferdinand’s criticism, Keys said during the live show: “Rio, are you telling me it doesn’t happen in the Manchester United dressing room? Because my information is that it does.”

Unnamed Sky employees have been quoted in newspapers claiming a culture of bullying at the network, making it an uncomfortable atmosphere for women.

Keys insisted that there “is not inherent sexism in Sky.”

“What I think there is, is a sports room probably … a little boisterous like any dressing room up and down the country,” Keys said during the radio program. “It reflects what goes on in pubs and clubs.”

Sky’s injection of cash into English soccer since 1992 has helped clubs develop full-seating stadiums that are more family friendly.

Yet, one of Sky’s flagship weekend shows, Soccer AM, still features a scantily clad model each weekend parading across the studio, dubbed a “Soccerette.”