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Sunderland's new manager David Moyes is seen before the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday Aug. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

A British Premier League soccer manager threatened to slap a female reporter


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.
David Moyes

Moyes told reporters Monday he had apologized to Sparks.

But BBC soccer anchor Gary Lineker called his comments "inexcusable."

Observers said it was no surprise Moyes hadn't been punished.

Others took issue with Moyes getting annoyed at hard questions.

Supporters said Sparks' laughter showed the incident was blown out of proportion.

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