Premier League - Sacked Gray calls in lawyers

Wed, 26 Jan 07:53:00 2011

Andy Gray has taken the first steps to legal action after being sacked by Sky Sports for sexist and "offensive" remarks.

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Gray's fiancee Rachel Lewis has also reportedly claimed that the presenter had been desperate to apologise personally to assistant referee Sian Massey for the comments, but was prevented from doing so by Sky Sports.

"Andy won’t be making a statement this evening. He’s wanted to apologise for the last few days, desperately. He was told not to by Sky," she said.

The 55-year-old Gray, who has had an integral role in the channel's football coverage for nearly two decades, was at the centre of a media storm after it emerged that he had had an off-air conversation attacking Massey during the Premier League clash between Wolves and Liverpool, in which Massey was officiating.

Sky suspended Gray and fellow presenter Richard Keys following the incident.

Late on Tuesday, however, Gray was sacked by the channel following another incident caught on camera last month involving fellow presenter Charlotte Jackson.

In a statement, Sky Sports said that the decision came "in response to new evidence of unacceptable and offensive behaviour".

It continued: "The new evidence, relating to an off-air incident that took place in December 2010, came to light after Andy Gray had already been subjected to disciplinary action for his comments of January 22, 2011."

Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, added: "Andy Gray's contract has been terminated for unacceptable behaviour.

"After issuing a warning, we have no hesitation in taking this action after becoming aware of new information."

Lawyers Schillings have confirmed that they have been asked to look into Gray's sacking.

"We have been instructed by Andy Gray in relation to the termination of his contract by BSkyB," a statement read.

"It would be inappropriate for our client to comment at this time."


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