Richard Keys has resigned as a Sky presenter following sexist comments made about female referee Sian Massey.

According to the BBC, the 53-year-old apologised for his remarks and admitted that they had been ‘unacceptable’, adding: “I’ve reached the decision it’s time to move on”.

His resignation followed after pundit Andy Gray’s dismissal from Sky when further allegations of his sexist behaviour emerged this week.

During his radio interview, Richard said: “Going forward without Andy would have been almost impossible.

“I apologised on the Sunday. I realised how deeply wrong we were. Having done that I asked ‘could we make people aware of the fact we had a conversation and that both parties felt it was right to move on?’ I was told ‘no’.

“Then 24 hours had passed, by which time the world had gone mad. I don’t know why I was told ‘no’ and stopped from telling people what I had done.”

The presenters became involved in the controversy after they made sexist comments about a female referee, believing their microphones were switched off.

Sky Sports Managing Director Barney Francis said in a statement: “It is disappointing that Richard’s career at Sky should end in these circumstances.

“However, Richard recognised 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.”