David Moyes to face FA grilling over female reporter 'slap' comment

David Moyes' reputation has been in decline ever since he joined Manchester United in 2013

David Moyes' reputation has been in decline ever since he joined Manchester United in 2013

Monday, April 3, 2017

Former Manchester United manager David Moyes will be asked to appear before the FA after telling a female journalist "you might get a slap."

The 53-year-old has received been inundated with criticism after it emerged that he threatened to slap a BBC journalist Vicki Sparks, apparently in jest, last month.

Moyes, now manager of the Premier League's bottom club Sunderland, criticised the reporter for her "naughty" questions and said she wasn't immune to the threat of violence simply because she was a woman. Both parties were laughing during the interchange.

Moyes made the comments after a post-match interview with Sparks following his team's 0-0 draw with Burnley on March 18.

When the interview was finished, Moyes said “It was getting a wee bit naughty at the end there so just watch yourself. You still might get a slap even though you’re a woman.

“Careful the next time you come in.”

A statement from the BBC confirmed that Moyes has apologised to Sparks and she has accepted his apology.

Nonetheless the incident has provided yet more unwelcome publicity for Moyes, who was once regarded as one of Britain's most talented managers but suffered a disastrous nine months at United, culminating in his sacking in April 2014.

Since then the 53-year-old has briefly managed Spanish club Real Sociedad before again being dismissed, and has presided over just five victories since joining Sunderland in the summer.