UPDATE 11:17 a.m. EST: Moyes will face questions from the league.
A manager of a top British soccer team said he threatened to slap a BBC reporter after an interview. He has since apologized, but he's faced no punishment from the league, CNN reports.
David Moyes, manager of Sunderland, was interviewed by BBC reporter Vicki Sparks March 18. Sparks asked if Moyes thought his job was in jeopardy.
"It was getting a wee bit naughty at the end there, so just watch yourself," Moyes told Sparks after the interview. "You still might get a slap even though you're a woman."
Dr. Rosena Allin-Khan, a member of Parliament, demanded action.
It was in the heat of the moment ... I deeply regret the comments I made. That's certainly not the person I am.
Moyes told reporters Monday he had apologized to Sparks.
Moyes incident highlights a tendency for some managers to treat interviewers with utter disdain. Pressured job. Well rewarded. Inexcusable.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 3, 2017
But BBC soccer anchor Gary Lineker called his comments "inexcusable."
Of course Sunderland aren't going to sack Moyes. They set a high bar for what constitutes a sackable offence with the Adam Johnson case.— Paul Howard (@AkaPaulHoward) April 3, 2017
Observers said it was no surprise Moyes hadn't been punished.
Re: Moyes, why was reporter 'naughty' for asking about Ellis Short and pressure? Not allowed to ask proper questions now?— Mark Ogden (@MarkOgden_) April 3, 2017
Others took issue with Moyes getting annoyed at hard questions.
Just heard the David Moyes clip. Obviously a joke - both parties were laughing - PC brigade should grow up and get a life!— Kevin Beaumont (@sussexterrier) April 3, 2017
Supporters said Sparks' laughter showed the incident was blown out of proportion.
Maybe just me? I've heard the David Moyes conversation with female journalist & it's nowhere near as bad as being reported. Faux outrage.— Rachel Lynch (@Rachel_Lynchx) April 3, 2017
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