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Moyes charged

Sunderland boss David Moyes charged by the FA over ‘sexist’ comments made to reporter Vicki Sparks following Burnley draw

Black Cats boss' remark deemed to be 'improper/threatening and/or bringing the game into disrepute' reads a statement

SUNDERLAND boss David Moyes has been charged by the FA over ‘sexist’ comments made to reporter Vicki Sparks.

The Black Cats boss’ remark deemed to be ‘improper/threatening and/or bringing the game into disrepute’ according to statement.

David Moyes was interviewed by a BBC reporter before threatening to slap her

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David Moyes was interviewed by a BBC reporter before threatening to slap her

Moyes had said to Sparks – after a question he considered cheeky – that she “might get a slap even though you’re a woman” and to be more “careful” next time.


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An FA statement read: “It’s alleged the Sunderland manager’s remarks were improper/threatening and/or brought the game into disrepute.”

On his comments, Moyes had claimed: “It was in the heat of the moment.

Sunderland manager David Moyes threatens a female TV reporter with a slap

David Moyes has not had a lot to smile about since taking charge of Sunderland last summer

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David Moyes has not had a lot to smile about since taking charge of Sunderland last summer

"I deeply regret the comments I made.

"That's certainly not the person I am. I've accepted the mistake. I spoke to the BBC reporter, who accepted my apology."

A spokesperson for Sparks replied: "Mr Moyes has apologised to our reporter and she has accepted his apology."

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Sunderland had earlier confirmed David Moyes would not be sacked for the comments

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Sunderland had earlier confirmed David Moyes would not be sacked for the comments

However, shadow sports minister Dr Rosena Allin-Khan demanded the FA take the comments seriously.

She said: "This is disgraceful. Moyes cannot get away with these sexist threats - the FA must take action immediately."

Moyes now has until 6pm on Wednesday May 3 to respond to the charge.