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08th Aug 2016

Some people are thoroughly pissed off that Rachel Riley has joined Sky Sports


Nooruddean Choudry

Grumble, grumble.

When Sky Sports announced that Rachel Riley would be presenting their Fright Night coverage of live Premier League games, the news was received with near universal approval. Riley is incredibly popular across pretty much every demographic and certainly knows her football.

The fact that Sky plan to buddy her up with Countdown sparring partner and established Soccer Saturday favourite Jeff Stelling makes perfect sense. The pair have a great chemistry and you can easily see them combining match analysis with relaxed humour befitting a Friday night.

Alas, despite all the positives, there are some people who are less than pleased with the announcement. The issue they have with Riley is not some sexist ‘what-does-she-know’ argument – rather the opposite in fact…which is weirdly refreshing in a way.

Their problem is that the 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown star is too into her football, or rather she’s such a committed Manchester United supporter that it means she will be biased towards the Red Devils and make Sky even more of an Old Trafford love-in.

One would assume she’s professional enough to do her job regardless, but this lot aren’t so sure…