Moyes ‘sorry’ for threatening to slap female reporter

Matt Stead

David Moyes has issued an apology after threatening to “slap” a female reporter for the BBC.

Vicki Sparks, of BBC Newcastle and Radio 5 Live, conducted an interview with Moyes after Sunderland’s 0-0 draw with Burnley on March 18.

The point was seen as detrimental to Sunderland’s survival hopes, with Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Watford leaving them bottom, eight points from safety.

Ellis Short was in attendance at the Stadium of Light for the Burnley draw, and Sparks asked Moyes whether he felt his job was under more threat with the club chariman watching on.

Moyes answered the question in full as part of the BBC interview, but Sparks was still recording when a further exchange took place afterwards.

“It was getting a wee bit naughty at the end there so just watch yourself,” Moyes told Sparks, the interview having finished. “You still might get a slap even though you’re a woman. Careful the next time you come in.”

Sparks did not report Moyes for the comments, but it is believed that her employers were infuriated when they heard the recording.

A BBC spokesperson said: “Mr Moyes has apologised to our reporter and she has accepted his apology.”