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Sky Sports TV commentator apologizes for comments

- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 26, 2011

LONDON (AP) - Sky Sports soccer anchor Richard Keys apologized Wednesday for his part in sexist comments that cost another announcer his job.

The scandal was sparked by off-air footage of Keys and colleague Andy Gray making derogatory comments about lineswoman Sian Massey, former referee Wendy Toms and West Ham executive Karren Brady.

Longtime announcer Gray was fired by Sky on Tuesday. The British network has not commented on the future of Keys, who was removed from duty on Monday.

"I would just like to say how deeply sorry I am for the part that I have played in causing this furor," Keys said.

Keys, who has been at Sky for 20 years, added on TalkSport radio that he was being undermined by "dark forces at work here." New off-air studio footage emerged Tuesday of him making more disparaging remarks about women.

Keys apologized by telephone to Massey on Sunday and said they shared "some banter together ... and left on good terms."

Gray and Keys thought their microphones were switched off before Wolverhampton's match against Liverpool on Saturday when they questioned whether Massey knew the offside rule. Keys said he could "guarantee" Massey was going to make a big mistake in the match.

"If off-air conversations were recorded in studios up and down the country, there would be no one left in television," Keys said in the radio interview.

Gray also broke his silence on Wednesday, saying he was "devastated" to lose his job. He was fired after the release of footage that appears to show him making a suggestive comment and gesture toward Sky Sports colleague Charlotte Jackson in the studio.

"I am very sorry that certain comments made by me have caused offense," the former Scotland striker said in a statement released by a London law firm. "Such comments were made off-air to work colleagues, and were of course never intended to be broadcast.

"I was very upset when the comments were brought to my attention, and it was my intention to apologize on Monday night when I was back on air for the Bolton vs. Chelsea game. Sadly, I was unable to do so as I was suspended from the show by Sky Sports and have now been sacked."

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