7 April 2017 by

Bolt Burdon’s Jonathan Copping asked by The Guardian for legal comments following football manager David Moyes’ ‘slap’ remarks made to a female BBC reporter

The Football Association is investigating Sunderland manager David Moyes following his remark when he appeared to indicate that a BBC female reporter may get a “slap” for asking questions in an interview that he was not comfortable in answering.

Following criticism from a number of high-profile people and groups, including Labour’s shadow sports minister Rosena Allin-Khan, sports presenter Gary Lineker and the professional campaign group Women in Football, the FA is currently under pressure to charge David Moyes.

Jonathan Copping, a specialist sports solicitor who has previously advised clients during regulatory commission hearings, explained to The Guardian newspaper that Moyes’ remarks appeared to be a breach of Rule E3(2) of the FA rules, meaning they were an ‘aggravated breach’ of threatening language, which brings the game into disrepute.

Jonathan Copping’s full comments to The Guardian can be viewed here.

In view of the FA’s history of taking a tough stance on individuals that are deemed to breach its rules and regulations it seems likely that Moyes will eventually be charged with bringing the game into disrepute, which if proved could result in a suspension from matches, a fine and the requirement to attend an education programme.  Only time will tell.

You can view a previous article by Jonathan Copping highlighting the ease of falling foul of The Football Association’s rules and regulations here.

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