Sian Massey will not referee Corby Town vs. Eastwood Town at the weekend as the furore over sexist remarks made by Andy Gray and Richard Keys continues.
Massey was due to referee the Blue Square Bet North match but has been withdrawn from the match by the Professional Game Match Officials, who issued a statement to explain their decision:
“The focus needs to be on the football match not the officials. It would be unfair on the clubs involved.”
The assistant referee was subject to offensive remarks regarding her gender and the ability to officiate a football match from Sky Sports presenters Keys and Gray, who have now left the television company and will no longer appear on Sky TV.
The move from the PGMO, though, is an odd one, as Massey seemed to have the backing of all football fans as the fight against discrimination continues. While there are some fans who don’t agree that the Sky pair should have been sacked for their “banter”, most would be happy to see Massey back in football as soon as possible.
This article originally appeared on sports website Sports Haze but is now unavailable due to the site closing down.
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