Richard Keys has claimed that Graeme Souness was sacked by Sky Sports due to a ‘clumsy comment’ the Scot made.
Souness had been with Sky Sports for 15 years but announced he would be leaving the company during Liverpool’s win over Spurs last month.
Keys who was sacked by Sky himself in 2011 has claimed a source has told him the parting was not ‘mutual’.
He wrote in his blog:
“It turns out it was decided to dispense with Graeme’s services the moment he referred to football being a ‘man’s game’. Remember? He used that phrase after Chelsea ’s 2-2 draw v Spurs in August.
“His comments caused a bit of a stir. He was clumsy in his phraseology. He didn’t mean harm, but you can’t say that anymore. Football is simply a game – enjoyed by everyone. And we should celebrate that.’
Souness saying “it’s a man’s game” next to Karen Carney💀💀 pic.twitter.com/R4bevjJ3B5
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“I think most people felt that Graeme had been clumsy and he’s a much loved character, so they were happy to give him the benefit of the doubt – but senior management at Sky certainly weren’t. They decided that was it. He’d be out at the first opportunity.”