Sexism In Football

When I first saw the advert for the documentary ‘Sexism In Football’ with Gabby Logan, I immediately had to tune in.
I’m a huge football fan and my love for football is because of my mum-not my dad.

Over the years as a football fan, I’ve heard all the jibes.
Whose got the best legs, I bet you don’t know the offside rule, Do you support that team to impress a guy?

Yes, every woman is probably attracted to at least one footballer but is that why we enjoy the beautiful game?

In my opinion no it’s not, I love the thrill, the passion and the anticipation of a football match.
Ask anyone that knows me, when my beloved Tottenham Hotspur play bad I am an actual nightmare.
I can get just as moody as any guy over a bad game.

I don’t know why I’m so shocked after last years incident between Andy Gray and Richard Key’s.
In listening to some of these football writers, commentators, chair-women, club board members I am well and truly gob smacked by the way they’ve been treated.

Why should a woman be locked out of a press conference?
Or refused entry to the tunnel or the dressing rooms.
Why should a woman in football have her job compromised due to sexism?

I can’t believe some clubs have had a bodyguard on the door keeping women out of certain areas it’s absurd.

It’s interesting that the FA are trying to banish Racism and Homophobia from the beautiful game.
Yet, there is still this dark-side where sexism exists, why are they not trying harder to change this?

In listening to Jacqui Oatley speak about the awful backlash she got when she first became a commentator for Match Of The Day.
I cannot believe the press couldn’t just say well done to her.
Instead of just congratulating Jacqui they came up with the ludicrous suggestion that she hadn’t done it live.

Karren Brady was the first well known female in football.
At the end of her first ever press conference at Birmingham City she asked if there were any questions.
A journalist asked her “What are your vital statistics?”
Why was that relevant, it has nothing to do with her job.

Some of the other abuse women have suffered within the game I love is horrendous.
The funny thing is, I would still love to work alongside these women.

Maybe one day we’ll all be equals.
That thought is what I’ll strive towards each and every day.

I also penned a piece on ‘Sexism In Football’ for Total Football Magazine online


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