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David Moyes: Sunderland boss ‘deeply regrets’ slap remark

Sunderland boss David Moyes says he “deeply regrets” telling a female BBC reporter she might “get a slap”.

After a draw with Burnley on 18 March, Moyes was asked by Vicki Sparks if the presence of owner Ellis Short put extra pressure on him.

He said “no” but, after the end of the interview, added Sparks “might get a slap” even though she’s a woman and warned her to be “careful” next time she visits the club.

“It was in the heat of the moment,” said Moyes.

The former Everton and Manchester United manager, who apologised to Sparks following the incident, added: “I accept it was a mistake.”

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