Football presenter Richard Keys resigned from Sky Spors yesterday in the wake of his sexist comments being made public.

His resignation follows the sacking on Tuesday of Andy Gray, Mr Keys’ co-presenter.

The crisis was triggered by the emergence of an off-camera recording at the weekend in which the pair questioned the wisdom of allowing a woman to officiate in a Premier League match between Wolves and Liverpool.

Three other recordings of off-air remarks quickly emerged, in which one or both of them made other disparaging remarks about women.

In a statement, Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said: “It is disappointing that Richard’s career at Sky should end in these circumstances.

“However, Richard recognises that his comments at the weekend were unacceptable and we note that he has made a full and public apology. We thank him for his time in helping make Sky Sports the success it is today.”

The statement quoted Keys saying: “I am deeply sorry for my remarks and the offence they have caused; it was wrong and should not have happened. I have thought long and hard and reached the decision that it is time to move on.”