FA fines David Moyes £30,000 over ‘slap’ comment

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David Moyes has been fined £30,000 for telling BBC reporter Vicki Sparks she might get a slap

Former Sunderland manager David Moyes has been fined £30,000 after telling BBC reporter Vicki Sparks she might “get a slap” in March.

In April, Moyes was charged by the Football Association over the sexist comments.

He told Sparks after a post-match interview that she might “get a slap”. The FA has alleged that the remarks were “improper and/or threatening and/or brought the game into disrepute”.

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Although Moyes later apologised to Sparks and she accepted his apology, an FA fine was always in the offing.

At a press conference after the incident, Moyes said that he regretted the comments, which he described as out of character.

Moyes made the remark following Sunderland’s 0-0 draw with Burnley on 18 March, after Sparks asked whether he felt under more pressure that day because the club’s owner, Ellis Short, was watching his relegation-threatened side.

On air, Moyes replied: “No, none at all.” Then, when the interview was concluded but, unknown to Moyes, a camera was still recording, he said to Sparks: “You were just 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 the next time you come in.”

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