As Sky Sports deals with the aftermath of the sexist comments made by Andy Gray and Richard Keys during last weekend's match betweenand , the target of those comments is set to return to officiating. Sian Massey will return to officiating for the first time since Gray and Keys comments on Saturday when she referees a Conference North match between Corby Town and Eastwood Town.
Massey was scheduled to officiate a League Two match on Tuesday, but stood down after the comments caused controversy and intense media scrutiny. Gray and Keys said that Massey didn't know the offside rule because she is a woman and the comments eventually led to Gray losing his job and Keys resigning.
Graham Drury, the Corby manager, told BBC Radio Northampton: "If they've dropped her to our level [because of the row], that's a shame. She stamps her authority on the game and she interacts with players well. We've got a top referee for this game. The sex of the person in the middle doesn't affect me. I don't mind whether it's a man, woman or even an elephant refereeing a game of mine – as long as they do it properly. We've had Sian before and she had a fantastic game."