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I thought about suicide: Andy Gray speaks on his sacking from Sky

The former Sky pundit has spoken openly about the sexism row which cost him his job with the broadcaster last year.

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ANDY GRAY CONTEMPLATED taking his own life in the aftermath of the sexism row which saw him sacked by Sky Sports.

In an interview with The London Evening Standard, the well-known football analyst said that he thought his life was over when sexist comments made by himself and co-presenter Richard Keys leaked onto the internet last January, costing them both their jobs.

Asked if he considered killing himself, Gray said  “I would be lying if I said I didn’t.”

Gray and Keys came under fire when a newspaper obtained audio of their off-camera comments about assistant referee Sian Massey and other female officials, asking if they understood the offside rule.

Other clips surfaced soon after, including one which showed Gray making suggestive remarks to his Sky Sports colleague Charlotte Jackson, and another which showed Keys making lewd comments about one of Jamie Redknapp’s former girlfriends.

Of the comments about Massey, Gray said: “This was a private bit of banter released to the social media and for some reason the press etc tore us apart. I have no problems with a woman referee. It wasn’t a criticism, it was a light-hearted quip.

I wish I’d never said it and, if I caused Sian any problems, then of course I’m terribly disappointed. Richard phoned her, apologised on our behalf and she said, ‘Don’t be so stupid, guys.’

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