Moyes forced to apologise to female reporter

Moyes forced to apologise to female reporter

Black Cats manager was left annoyed at Match Of The Day journalist Vicki Sparks’ line of questioning and even warned her about returning to Stadium of Light

DAVID MOYES was forced to apologise after telling a female reporter she “might get a slap”.

The Sunderland boss was annoyed at Match Of The Day journalist Vicki Sparks’ line of questioning following his side’s 0-0 draw against Burnley.

In an off-air exchange posted by the Express, Moyes warns Sparks to think twice before returning to the Stadium of Light.

The BBC said Moyes, 53, had apologised to Sparks, and a Black Cats spokeswoman confirmed the issue had been resolved.

Ex-Manchester United manager Moyes told the reporter: “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.”

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

Sparks had asked Moyes whether the presence of club chairman Ellis Short meant he was under more pressure.

He answered: “None at all.”

A BBC spokeswoman last night said: “Mr Moyes has apologised to our reporter and she has accepted his apology.”

A Sunderland spokeswoman said: “David and the reporter spoke to one another subsequently and the matter was resolved amicably.”

Andrew Allison, head of campaigns at The Freedom Association, said: “If everything we said as an aside was recorded and published in newspapers, or played back on TV, we would all be in trouble. I’m sure he meant it in jest.”

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