Who is Vicki Sparks? UK's first female World Cup commentator wins praise for 'making history'

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Vicki Sparks, pictured in Newcastle (left) and on her World Cup debut in Russia (right) (Twitter/Rex)
Vicki Sparks, pictured in Newcastle (left) and on her World Cup debut in Russia (right) (Twitter/Rex)

Vicki Sparks made history as a World Cup commentator when she took to the mic for Portugal’s game against Morocco.

The broadcaster was the first woman to commentate live on a World Cup match in the UK.

She was the main commentator on Portugal’s second group game – which the European champions won 1-0 – alongside co-commentator Martin Keown.

Vicki Sparks makes history as the UK’s first female live commentator at the World Cup, alongside Martin Keown. (Rex)
Vicki Sparks makes history as the UK’s first female live commentator at the World Cup, alongside Martin Keown. (Rex)

Newcastle-born Sparks received widespread praise on social media for her performance afterwards.

Other World Cup fans, however, were unconvinced by her commentary.

Sparks has been a regular on BBC’s Final Score during the domestic football season, as well as BBC Radio Five Live, and often commentates on women’s football.

Sparks regularly covers the likes of Manchester United, Leicester City, Hull City and Newcastle during the regular season.

Sparks in the commentary box at the World Cup with co-commentator Martin Keown. (Rex)
Sparks in the commentary box at the World Cup with co-commentator Martin Keown. (Rex)





The Portugal match was her live World Cup debut, though she did commentate over highlights of Iran’s win over Morocco last week.

Her history-making World Cup debut was not the first time Sparks has made headlines.

Last year she was caught up a sexism row with then-Sunderland boss David Moyes.

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Speaking in a post-match interview, he told her: ‘It was 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 next time you come in.’

Moyes was fined £30,000 by the Football Association and later apologised.

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