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Brady: Comments made my blood boil

Karren Brady has said that comments made by two Sky Sports presenters about female Premier League official Sian Massey made her "blood boil".

The star of The Apprentice - who is vice chairman of West Ham football club - hit back after Andy Gray and Richard Keys agreed female officials "don't know the offside rule".

The pair - who have been dropped from tonight's line-up - were recorded talking off-air as Liverpool FC visited Wolverhampton Wanderers, where lineswoman Ms Massey got one crucial, borderline decision spot on. But Keys had said earlier: "I can guarantee you there'll be a big one today. (Liverpool manager) Kenny (Dalglish) will go potty."

Sky Sports said the pair had been disciplined and dropped from coverage of tonight's Bolton versus Chelsea match.

Karren told Victoria Derbyshire on BBC Radio 5 Live: "What really upsets me is the fact that only females in our industry are judged by their gender. And that is categorically wrong.

"I am surprised they didn't say 'better go and get her to get the kettle on'," she added.

The former Birmingham City chief executive disagreed the comments were "banter", saying: "It never would have occurred to me that they had those views whether public or private and I'm disappointed."

Kelly Cates, daughter of the Liverpool FC manager, joined in the debate, leaving a message on her Twitter page. "Phew am exhausted," she posted. "Just read about something called 'the offside rule'.

"Too much for my tiny brain. Must be damaged from nail polish fumes."

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