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David Moyes Receives FA Fine For Telling A Female Reporter She “Might Get A Slap”

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Sunderland manager David Moyes stand in the technical area during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Swansea City at the Stadium of Light on May 13, 2017 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

David Moyes has been fined by the Football Association in relation to remarks made to a female reporter in March.

The former Sunderland manager had already been charged by the FA for the incident so knew some sort of punishment was forthcoming, and that has arrived in the form of a £30,000 fine.

The incident in question happened after his side’s 0-0 draw against Burnley earlier this year. Following an on-camera interview with BBC reporter Vicki Sparks, Moyes had clearly taken umbrage with some of the questions being asked – most notably as to whether the appearance of Sunderland chairman Ellis Short in the stands was any indicator that his own job might be in jeopardy – and was recorded off-camera stating that Sparks “might get a slap” if she did that again.

Moyes has since apologised for the incident, which Sparks has accepted, but the FA deemed it appropriate to take further action with a charge of “improper and/or threatening and/or brought the game into disrepute” levelled at the former Everton and Manchester United manager.

Moyes himself is yet to comment publicly since being handed the fine.


On this week’s edition of the Mixer Irish Football podcast, we spoke to former Ireland international Joe Gamble as well as looking ahead to Martin O’Neill’s side’s clash against Austria this weekend.

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Author: The PA Team

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