Sunderland have shown their support for manager David Moyes after video footage emerged of him making inappropriate remarks to a female reporter.
It followed Sunderland’s draw with Burnley back in March when Moyes, thinking the cameras were off, said to Vicki Sparks of BBC Radio 5:: “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.”
Both reporter and manager were laughing during the exchange and a complaint was not made. However, after the incident came to light on Monday, the 53-year-old was forced to issue a public apology, which Sparks accepted.
It is believed the Football Association (FA) have requested an explanation from Moyes regarding his comments, but Sunderland have said they stand by him despite widespread condemnation from the shadow Sports Minister and women’s groups.
On Tuesday afternoon Sunderland issued a statement.
“Such actions are not condoned or excused in any way,” it said.
“The exchange between the manager and a BBC reporter was wholly unacceptable.
“David recognised this immediately, proactively bringing the matter to the attention of the CEO and apologising to the reporter.
“The club also spoke with both a senior figure at the BBC and the reporter personally, expressing its profound regret over what had occurred.
“The matter was treated with the utmost seriousness from the outset and the swift and decisive action taken by the club and the manager at the time ensured that it was resolved to the satisfaction of the reporter and the BBC, which was the priority.
“With both the BBC and the reporter agreeing that appropriate action had been taken at the time, the club continues to fully support David in his role as manager of Sunderland AFC.”