The Independent, in London, on Wednesday issued a short apology for a story this week attributing sexist comments on Twitter to soccer commentator Andy Gray:
“In yesterday’s Independent, Ian Herbert attributed quotes to the ITV football analyst Andy Townsend which suggested that he had made sexist comments on Twitter as part of the Andy Gray/Richard Keys story.
“Those quotes originated from a spoof Twitter account. We apologize for any embarrassment caused to Mr. Townsend, who has no connection to the @AndyDTownsend account.”
Gray was fired this week for alleged sexist comments captured on video, an event that has generated considerable attention in the British media.
The spoof Twitter account, @AndyDTownsend, has apparently been suspended in the wake of Herbert’s story and misquote.