British Sports Network Fires Broadcaster for Sexist Comment Made About Female Soccer Referee – Andy Gray

Dumbass Category LogoNot sure who either of the guys are in this incident, but you would think they would know better than to say something like that during a broadcast, even if they thought their microphones were off.

Basically it comes down to them questioning if this young female referee even under stood what “off sides” was in soccer, in large part because, well, she’s a woman and women folk don’t understand this complicated rule. (Below the video of the incident is a video make by comedian John Cleese three years ago that explains how complicated the soccer off sides rule really is.) Actually, from my limited experience reporting on soccer stories for BadJocks, it seems that the off-sides rule is used, more often than not, by home town referees to disallow almost goal made by the visiting team.  The results is usually rioting by visiting fans.

Here’s more on the story from The Guardian:

Andy Gray, the Sky Sports presenter at the centre of a sexism storm following derogatory comments about a female official, has been sacked by the broadcaster in response to “new evidence of unacceptable and offensive behaviour”.  Sky Sports’ managing director Barney Francis, who yesterday disciplined both Gray and Richard Keys for their comments, said he had “no hesitation” in summarily terminating Gray’s contract.

“Andy Gray’s contract has been terminated for unacceptable behaviour. After issuing a warning yesterday, we have no hesitation in taking this action after becoming aware of new information today,” he said.  Sky said in a statement that the new evidence related to “an off-air incident that took place in December 2010″ and “came to light after Andy Gray had already been subjected to disciplinary action for his comments of 22 January 2011″.

John Cleese Explains Soccer’s Off-Sides Rule