Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Sexism in Football

Posted on London 3rd Wave Feminists website;

"These comments by the Luton manager Mike Newell about a female assistant referee were reported on the BBC website this week (after his team lost, needless to say):
"She should not be here. I know that sounds sexist, but I am sexist, so I am not going to be anything other than that."
"We have a problem in this country with political correctness, and bringing women into the game is absolutely beyond belief."
"It is bad enough with the incapable referees and linesmen we have, but if you start bringing in women, you have big problems."
"This is Championship football. This is not park football, so what are women doing here? It is tokenism for the politically-correct idiots."
My boyfriend, who forwarded me the story, has written to the FA to complain. I thought some of us might like to do the same; I've attached his letter as it laid out what FA Rules were being violated etc.There are signs that the FA may take action, see today's articlehttp://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/luton_town/6140922.stmbut I think its worth writing anyway.- Alice

To whom it may concern,
I would like to register a complaint and request further investigation with potential disciplinary action regarding the comments made by Mike Newell Luton manager, which I am sure you are already familiar with. I will quote Newell in full (as quoted on BBC website):re: assistant referee Amy Rayner:"She should not be here. I know that sounds sexist, but I am sexist, so I am not going to be anything other than that."
"We have a problem in this country with political correctness, and bringing women into the game is absolutely beyond belief."
"It is bad enough with the incapable referees and linesmen we have, but if you start bringing in women, you have big problems."
"This is Championship football. This is not park football, so what are women doing here? It is tokenism for the politically-correct idiots."
Under Football Association Rules 2006-2007, Section E, Part 4:"A Participant shall not carry out any act which is discriminatory by reason of ethnic origin,colour, race, nationality, religion, sex, sexual orientation or disability."My complaints are as follows:Firstly, I would request investigation of these comments, especially given that Newell acknowledges that he is sexist. and is therefore clearly in contravention of aforementioned FA rules.I feel that the FA have done marvellous work in helping to eradicate racism in football. However, equal action against all the forms of discrimination in the game is an issue where policy is deficient and should be redressed. Imagine if these comments had been made about coloured linesmen? Would the FA respond in the same manner as in this case? I believe they should but I regret that I don't believe that this would occur, which is a sign both of the progress made with racism but also the highly undeveloped campaign against sexual and other forms of discrimination in football.Following on from the previous complaint and simply to illustrate this point, why does the following contact list: http://www.thefa.com/TheFA/ContactUs/Postings/2005/03/Contact_Us.htm , neglect to include referral forms for other forms of discriminatory treatment other than racism?I look forward to seeing what action the FA take in this matter in the coming days. Hopefully you will have received other complaints and will be moved to act.
Thanks for your time, "

Cant believe that a football professional actually went on record to spout such mysogynism, well actually I can. Men like this with opinions like this obviously believe that such sexism is beyond reproach and criticism. I for one will be following Alices boyfriends example and making a complaint to the FA. I urge all readers to do the same. Copy and paste this letter and email to FootballforAll@TheFA.com .

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