Yesterday Richard Keys suggested that ‘Dark Forces’ were behind the scandal which cost him his job at Sky Sports (so he’s a racist as well eh?) and this morning Andy Gray joined his ex-colleague in his campaign against Murdoch’s minions by launching a £3m lawsuit against his former employers.
Keys resigned before he was pushed yesterday, but Gray was sacked by the broadcaster on Tuesday after the pair had been heard making disparaging remarks about a female linesman during Saturday’s Premiership match between Wolves and Liverpool.
But according to The Mirror, Andy Gray plans to sue Sky Sports for £3 million for unfair dismissal and breach of contract with the paper reporting that the disgraced pundit spent all of yesterday with his legal team talking over the possible lawsuit. It is claimed that Gray is seeking payment for the remainder of his contract, believed to be in the region of £1.7 million a year.
Gray yesterday issued a statement through his lawyers Schillings, which read: “I am very sorry that certain comments made by me have caused offence. Such comments were made off-air to work colleagues, and were of course never intended to be broadcast.
“I was very upset when the comments were brought to my attention, and it was my intention to apologise on Monday night when I was back on air for the Bolton v Chelsea game.
“Sadly I was unable to do so as I was suspended from the show by Sky Sports and have now been sacked. Football is my life and I am devastated by losing the job that I love. I am equally upset that third parties have been dragged into this issue.”
A source added: “He feels very down and a little embarrassed about everything. Exactly how you’d feel if you had just been sacked from a job you loved. It doesn’t feel like he got a second chance or was allowed to apologise.”