Belfast Telegraph

Focus back on Keys

The focus appeared to shift back on Richard Keys on Tuesday night after new footage of him making inappropriate comments to Jamie Redknapp before a game surfaced on the internet.

Keys is heard seemingly making sexual references during a conversation with Redknapp as they sat in a studio before a broadcast. Former players Graeme Souness and Ruud Gullit were also present during the clip, which appeared on YouTube.

This latest revelation came as Keys' former fellow presenter Andy Gray was set to consult with his lawyers after being sacked from his job on Sky Sports over his off-air remarks directed at women.

Gray saw his contract torn up on Tuesday when more footage emerged of the pundit appearing to make an inappropriate remark towards a female colleague.

For the third time in three days, off-air comments made by Gray came into the public domain, with the latest video showing the 55-year-old saying something suggestive to Charlotte Jackson.

The footage was circulated two days after a recording in which Gray and fellow presenter Keys made controversial comments about assistant referee Sian Massey.

The release of the new material prompted the termination of Gray's reported £1.7million-per-year contract, 24 hours after he and Keys had been disciplined for their remarks about Massey. Lawyers Schillings said they had been instructed by Gray over his dismissal.

His former Everton team-mate Peter Reid said he suspected the pundit's sacking may be linked to the legal action he has taken against the News of the World over the phone-hacking scandal.

The newspaper is a subsidiary of News Corporation, which owns a large stake in BSkyB and is seeking to purchase the whole company.

Reid told BBC Radio 4's PM: "He has got lawyers involved with the phone-hacking at News International. I did think of linking the two things."


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