Date: 24th January 2011 at 10:13am
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As Sky Sports enter their 20th year of broadcasting Live English football, they invite us to remember all the great moments we’ve witnessed on their channel over the past decades and see how things have changed in the process.

Now no matter how much things have changed, there has been two constants in the distribution of the ‘world’s most exciting football league’, Richard Keys and Andy Gray. 20 painful years one one with no hair on his head and the other with too much on his hands. Arrggghhhh.

I’m sure that by now you’ve all heard or read the comments made by Keys and Gray recorded from Sky’s live game between Wolves and Liverpool last Saturday, a game in which female linesman, or lineslady if you will, Sian Massey, patrolled one of the touchlines at Molineux.

Not for the first time in Sky Sports history Richard Keys was broadcast live to the nation after believing his equipment was switched off, this time he was heard mocking the female official claiming ladies do not know the offside rule, to which Andy Gray agreed.

‘Somebody better get down there and explain offside to her.’ said Keys, who has had to have rules explained to him on an almost weekly basis.

‘Can you believe that? A female linesman. Women don’t know the offside rule.’ Joined in Gray.

Keys followed up with ‘Of course they don’t. I can guarantee you there will be a big one today. Kenny will go potty. This isn’t the first time, is it? Didn’t we have one before?’

Keys then went on to laugh off Karen Brady’s claims that she had suffered sexism in football …… this only a few seconds after proving some sexist neanderthals still exist in football. Not the sharpest tool (I’m sure you know in which context I use the term ‘tool’) in the box are we Richard?

Andy Gray’s involvement, however minimal is disappointing. He’s a commentator who I don’t often agree with, but his opinions evolve from a life playing football at a high standards, and even though he comes across as dated and archaic from time to time, he does offer decent analysis every now and again.

Richard Keys however is a different story. His sole experience within football is being a Sky Sports presenter for 20 years. That’s it, nothing more, no time in the sport, he also appears to have an extremely limited understanding of the game, often mocked by other presenters (I love watching Graeme Souness rip him to shreds), the kind of controversy he was involved with this weekend is common place.

The hairy handed one was first caught out live on air presenting a game between Scotland and the Faroe Islands a few years ago, after introducing the game he made comments that were caught by the cameras before the had chance to cut to the match.

‘Nay promos, can’t be arsed, that`s it, see ya. Come on. Yeah see ya. Daft little ground, silly game, f*ck off.’ sneered Keys.

Sky Sports brushed off the incident claiming Keys was tired and grumpy after coming to the end of a six hour shift. 6 hours? Really? He must have been knackered sitting in a chair for six hours pretending to know something about the game.

He was caught again, this time slagging off our own Theo Walcott as we were dismantled by Barcelona in the second leg of our clash with the Spanish giants last year, mocking ‘Get up, you stupid little boy. You’ve been sh*te, son, in your daft pink boots – absolute rubbish.’

I think it’s time for Sky Sports to get rid of this foul mouthed, sexist idiot. Aside from being an offensive chauvinist that is constantly caught swearing on broadcasts that many children watch (including my 3 year old son), his football knowledge is laughable, and he has an ego the size of Andy Gray’s massive forehead that is based on absolutely nothing.

We’re charged extortionate amounts of money to watch our sport on tv, so let’s send Richard Keys back to his family on Wimbledon common and give us a presenter not so obnoxious, offensive to the eyes and actually knows about the sport…… how about Helen Chamberlain? She’s got a nice arse!