London - Sunderland manager David Moyes has apologised to a
female BBC reporter after threatening to "slap" her in a post-match
interview, the English Premier League club announced on Monday.
Moyes was interviewed by BBC Newcastle and Radio Five
reporter Vicki Sparks after northeast strugglers Sunderland's goalless Premier
League draw at home to Burnley at their Stadium of Light ground on March 18.
Sparks had asked if Sunderland owner Ellis Short's presence
at the game meant Moyes was under additional pressure, with the Black Cats yet
again involved in a battle against relegation.
Video footage published by the Daily Star newspaper showed
Scottish boss Moyes replying, "No, none at all" before the interview
The former Everton and Manchester United manager, however,
believing he was off camera, added: "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 seen laughing at this point and
the reporter herself did not make a complaint.
It is understood that Moyes subsequently apologised during a
"David and the reporter spoke to one another
subsequently and the matter was resolved amicably," said a Sunderland
Meanwhile the BBC added the matter had been resolved, with a
spokesman saying: " Moyes has
apologised to our reporter and she has accepted his apology."
Moyes's comments became public just days after he said he
expects to remain as Sunderland manager even if the club are relegated at the
end of the season.
Sunderland remain bottom of the table and eight points
adrift of safety following Saturday's 1-0 loss to Watford. They travel to a
resurgent Leicester on Tuesday.