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Sky suspend leading duo for Chelsea's match with Bolton

Sky Sports presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys have been rebuked by the chairman of the influential Kick It Out campaign.

The pair hit the headlines and caused an internet hubbub after they were caught making off-air remarks about assistant referee Sian Massey during the game between Wolves and Liverpool.

Gray – a former Everton and Aston Villa player who is viewed as one of the leading pundits in England – remarked that whoever had decided to allow Massey to officiate had "f***** up" and the pair quipped that women did not understand the offside rule before lambasting West Ham vice-chairman Karen Brady, who had said in the days prior to the match that sexism was still rife in the game.

Lord Herman Ouseley, chair of Kick It Out, football's equality and inclusion campaign, released a statement on Monday admonishing the pair for their views.

He said: "This indicates a lack of understanding by individuals at the forefront of sports broadcasting who are revered and respected by many, and hints at wider issues about sexism in society.

"Kick It Out has worked hard over 17 years to ensure equality across all areas of football, from touchline to boardroom. Imbalance still remains but great strides have been made.

"These comments are unacceptable to the inclusion and diversity agenda of football as a whole."

The duo have both been suspended from their duties for Sky's coverage of Chelsea's match with Bolton on Monday evening.

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