Former Sunderland manager David Moyes has been fined £30,000 by the Football Association (FA) for his ‘improper remarks’ towards a journalist back in March.
It follows a conversation that took place between Moyes and BBC Newcastle and Radio Five Live reporter Vicki Sparks, in a post match interview following Sunderland’s goalless match against Burnley on 18th March 2017.
After being questioned if he was under pressure at the club especially with owner Ellis Short in attendance, Moyes replied:
“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. Careful the next time you come in.”
The footage was captured on a mobile phone camera by a BBC colleague. Moyles denied the allegation at first, but once the footage was published the Scot issued an apology saying he made the remarks “in the heat of the moment” and that he “deeply regrets” them.
Moyes refused to resign and the club stood by him despite describing his conduct as “wholly unacceptable,” but on Friday the 54-year-old was found guilty of “improper and/or threatening remarks”.
An FA statement following Moyes’ sanction read: “David Moyes has been fined £30,000 in relation to comments he made after the Sunderland versus Burnley game on March 18, 2017.
“It was alleged his remarks were improper and/or threatening and/or brought the game into disrepute, contrary to FA rule E3(1).
“He denied the charge, however it was found proven following an independent regulatory commission hearing.”
The former Manchester United and Everton boss resigned from his manager role at the Stadium of Light after the club were relegated from the Premier League on May 22nd and has since been linked with the Scotland job should Gordon Strachan leave his position