‘This is banter… what YOU said was sexist’: Fans turn on disgraced Richard Keys after he bizarrely shares a month-old clip of Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards joking with presenter Kate Abdo over her friendship with Thierry Henry
- Former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys has been criticised for appearing to accuse Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards of sexist behaviour on CBS Sports
- Keys was sacked by Sky back in 2011 after he and television partner Andy Gray were heard making sexist comments off-air in a number of leaked tapes
- The 65-year-old insists Carragher and Richards are behaving in the same manner
- Carragher and Richards could be seen joking on air with CBS presenter Kate Abdo about her friendship with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry last month
- Keys has been criticised by fans for comparing the incident with his Sky scandal
Richard Keys has been criticised by fans on social media for appearing to accuse Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards of the same sexist behaviour which saw him sacked by Sky.
Keys and long-time television partner Andy Gray were dismissed from their broadcasting roles on Sky Sports in 2011 after the pair were heard making a series of sexist comments off-air in tapes leaked to the public.
The first leaked recording included derogatory comments aimed at female official Sian Massey, as well as West Ham vice-chair Karren Brady, before later clips also showed them behaving in an inappropriate manner with other colleagues.
Sky took the decision to part company with Keys and Gray in January 2011, but the now-beIN SPORTS duo remain adamant that they were the victims of a ‘set-up’.
Now Keys has sparked controversy once more by comparing his and Gray’s scandal to comments made by Carragher and Richards on air for American TV network CBS Sports last month.
The former Premier League stars can be seen joking with presenter Kate Abdo in one particular clip posted online, where they poke fun at their colleague over her friendship with pundit Thierry Henry.
Former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys has been criticised for appearing to accuse Jamie Carragher (second from right) and Micah Richards (right) of sexist behaviour on CBS Sports
Keys (R) and Andy Gray (L) were sacked by Sky in 2011 for making sexist comments off-air
But Keys claims a clip of Carragher and Richards on CBS shows the same behaviour still exists
After being asked how Thierry compares to other star names she has interviewed, Abdo described the Arsenal legend as ‘just a friend’, sparking a humoured reaction from Carragher and Richards.
The latter can be heard saying: ‘What sort of friend?’
But Keys clearly did not find the exchange amusing, taking to Twitter to compare it to his scandal and seemingly accuse Carragher and Richards of sexism.
The 65-year-old tweeted the month-old clip and wrote: ‘Having found myself in a lot of bother – largely of my own making – I was really surprised to find that this sort of behaviour is apparently ok in a TV studio these days.’
However, fans quickly turned on Keys for trying to stitch up the popular pundits, telling the disgraced presenter it is in no way similar to the several incidents which cost him his job at Sky.
One wrote: ‘Not remotely similar. Sorry.’
Richards and Carragher poked fun at CBS presenter and friend Kate Abdo on air last month
Abdo (L) was teased by the pair when speaking about her friendship with Thierry Henry (R)
Another posted: ‘Richard, they’re mates. What you’re witnessing here could actually be described as “banter” whereas what you said could be described as sexist, hope that helps clear it up.’
A third commented: ‘The fact you think this is the same is the really worrying part.’
A fourth pointed out: ‘Context is everything. Thierry is friends with her’.
While one simply concluded: ‘You truly haven’t learned from your mistakes’.
Keys and Gray were forced to defend themselves earlier this month after being hit with fresh allegations of sexism by presenter Gabby Logan.
In her memoirs, which were serialised by the Mail on Sunday, Logan accused the pair of joking about refusing to have sex with pregnant women in front of her as she was expecting twins in 2005.
Fans quickly took to Twitter to slam Keys for comparing his scandal to the joke on CBS
Keys and Gray were recently hit with new sexism allegations by former colleague Gabby Logan
Both men strongly deny the claims, nevertheless, with Keys taking a huge swipe at their former colleague while branding her allegations ‘nonsense’.
He wrote in his lengthy blog post: ‘How sad that somebody I haven’t seen for 30 years – and for whom I went out of my way to help start their career – feels the need to take the cheap and inaccurate option by smearing me – together with virtually everyone in the industry (including, it seems, the entire Sky business) – in her upcoming autobiography.
‘Producers, directors, cameramen, sound technicians, statisticians – everyone it seems – has either belittled her or tried to block Gabby Logan’s career. Except they didn’t. In fact, I can’t think of anyone who’s had more of a leg up.
‘Let me say this. I’ve dealt before with the incidents surrounding my resignation from Sky. I repeat – resignation. I was not dismissed. I’ve taken responsibility for my part in what happened. It’s more than time to move on.
‘They gave [Logan] the nickname ‘Gabbler’. She always had an awful lot to say – not a lot of it very complimentary. If you don’t mind, I find reading Logan’s serialisation of smears very sad.’
But Keys defended himself and Gray while branding Logan’s claims ‘nonsense’ and ‘very sad’