English Premier League

David Moyes fined over ‘slap’ remark to BBC reporter

The former Sunderland manager told Vicki Sparks she was ‘getting a wee bit naughty’ after an on-air interview

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 June, 2017, 9:11pm
UPDATED : Friday, 09 June, 2017, 9:11pm

David Moyes was fined 30,000 pounds (HK$303,000) by the English Football Association on Friday for his comments to a female reporter during his time as Sunderland manager.

Moyes, a former Manchester United manager, told BBC reporter Vicki Sparks after a Premier League match in March: “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.”

The FA charged Moyes, saying his comments were “improper and/or threatening and/or brought the game into disrepute”.

Moyes denied the charge but the FA said he was found guilty following a disciplinary hearing.

Although Moyes’ interview with Sparks had finished when he made the remarks, the camera was still running and footage of the incident was later published by a newspaper.

Moyes resigned as Sunderland manager last month following the team’s relegation from the Premier League.