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Moyes faces spotlight following remarks to female reporter as Sunderland play Leicester

Date Posted,April 4, 2017

David Moyes is under the spotlight this evening for the first time since ‘wholly unacceptable’ remarks he made to a female reporter became public.

Sunderland travel to Leicester in the Premier League in desperate need of three points as their battle to stay in the top flight reaches crisis point.

Scot Moyes has been widely criticised for his comments to BBC employee Vicki Sparks, in which he suggested she ‘might get a slap’.

Speaking after the Black Cats’ goalless draw against Burnley last month, Moyes said: “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.”

Moyes has come under fire for his comments (Photo: REUTERS)
The Scot suggested the female reporter could be given ‘a slap’ (Photo: PA)

He bluntly added: “Careful the next time you come in.”

Despite the remarks, which Moyes has since apologised for, he has retained the full support of the Sunderland board.

In a club statement, the Wearsiders said: “Sunderland AFC would like to reiterate the actions taken following the Burnley game on March 18.

“The exchange between the manager and a BBC reporter was wholly unacceptable and such actions are not condoned or excused in any way.

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