English Premiership

Moyes charged over female reporter 'slap' comment

2017-04-26 13:29
David Moyes (Getty Images)

London - Sunderland manager David Moyes has been charged after suggesting to a female reporter she might "get a slap", England's Football Association announced on Wednesday.

Moyes, 54, made the remark, for which he has apologised, to BBC reporter Vicki Sparks following Sunderland's 0-0 draw with Burnley in the Premier League on March 18.

"David Moyes has been charged in relation to comments made after the game against Burnley on 18 March 2017," the FA said in a statement.

"It is alleged the Sunderland manager's remarks were improper and/or threatening and/or brought the game into disrepute."

Moyes, the former Manchester United manager, has until Wednesday next week to respond to the charge.

Should he admit the charge or be found guilty, he is likely to be fined and could be asked to attend an education course.

Moyes made his remark at the end of a post-match interview, but the camera was still rolling and footage was published weeks later by a British newspaper.

Having taken exception to one of Sparks's questions, Moyes said: "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."

Moyes later apologised in a phone call to Sparks, who did not make a complaint.

"In the heat of the moment, I made a mistake in my comments to a BBC reporter, which I profoundly regret. I was disappointed with myself for it," Moyes said.

"I subsequently phoned the reporter and apologised, which she accepted. It's not my character, it's not my type, as most people know and once again I apologise for it."

Sunderland are currently 12 points adrift of safety at the foot of the table and seemingly doomed to relegation.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Saturday, 21 October 2017
Chelsea v Watford, Stamford Bridge 13:30
Stoke City v AFC Bournemouth, Bet365 Stadium 16:00
Manchester City v Burnley, Etihad Stadium 16:00
Swansea City v Leicester City, Liberty Stadium 16:00
Newcastle United v Crystal Palace, St. James' Park 16:00
Huddersfield Town v Manchester United, The John Smith's Stadium 16:00
Southampton v West Bromwich Albion, St. Mary's Stadium 18:30
Sunday, 22 October 2017
Everton v Arsenal, Goodison Park 14:30
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool, Wembley Stadium 17:00
Saturday, 28 October 2017
Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur, Old Trafford 13:30
Liverpool v Huddersfield Town, Anfield 16:00
Arsenal v Swansea City, Emirates Stadium 16:00
Crystal Palace v West Ham United, Selhurst Park 16:00
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City, The Hawthorns 16:00
Watford v Stoke City, Vicarage Road Stadium 16:00
AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea, Vitality Stadium 18:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 PSL season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.