Richard Keys ‘deeply sorry’ as he resigns from Sky Sports

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RICHARD Keys left Sky Sports tonight and released a statement saying he was “deeply sorry” for his offensive comments about a female assistant referee.

Sky previously sacked Keys’ long-standing sidekick Andy Gray after the pair were caught making sexist remarks about assistant Sian Massey.

Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said: "It is disappointing that Richard's career at Sky should end in these circumstances.

“However, Richard recognises that his comments at the weekend were unacceptable and we note that he has made a full and public apology. We thank him for his time in helping make Sky Sports the success it is today."

Keys said: "I am deeply sorry for my remarks and the offence they have caused; it was wrong and should not have happened.

“I have thought long and hard and reached the decision that it is time to move on.

"Going forward without Andy would have been almost impossible.

“I am and will remain proud of our work with football at Sky Sports and grateful to the many people who have worked with me. I wish Sky Sports continued success in the future."