Premier League club, Sunderland have given their full support for their manager, David Moyes but condemns his comments as “wholly inappropriate”.
David Moyes told BBC female reporter Vicki Sparks that; “You might get a slap, even though you’re a woman” following their league game with Burnley last month.
Moyes later expressed regret and apologised to the woman and he has been largely criticised by many including Sky Sports female reporter, Rachel Yankey.
Sunderland however distance themselves from the comments made by their boss but says they still stand by him as they seek to avoid relegation.
The Black Cats lies bottom of the league log after 29 round of games and has 20 points to show for their hardwork.
Sunderland in a club statement said;
“The exchange between the manager and a BBC reporter was wholly unacceptable and such actions are not condoned or excused in any way.”
“David recognised this immediately, proactively bringing the matter to the attention of the CEO and apologising to the reporter. The club also spoke with both a senior figure at the BBC and the reporter personally, expressing its profound regret over what had occurred.
“The matter was treated with the utmost seriousness from the outset and the swift and decisive action taken by the club and the manager at the time ensured that it was resolved to the satisfaction of the reporter and the BBC, which was the priority.
“With both the BBC and the reporter agreeing that appropriate action had been taken at the time, the club continues to fully support David in his role as manager of Sunderland AFC.”
The FA has indicated that they are looking into the incident.
More to follow