Once again our beautiful game is at the centre of controversy, no not because of a few brown envelopes or because a player has jumped ship for another a club.
The ‘should women be in football’ debate has reared its ugly pink head again. So Mr ‘I have more hair on one arm than the whole of my body ’ Keys (and trust me I’ve met him, he does) and Andy ‘who actually gives a flying fish what you think anyway’ Gray were caught on tape slagging off the female linesman, questioning if she knew the offside rule.
Now before I start can I just point out two things:
1) Linesman? Or lineswoman? Either way it’s wrong, fellas get it right – they’re assistant referees.
2) Oh and while I’m on it, it’s the offside law, not rule. Unless I’m mistaken it’s the LAWS of the game, not the rules.
Anyway I digress, as a lifelong female football fan I can see why some people can be a bit, shall we say, peed off by their comments. But for gods sake if you want to eradicate this so called ‘sexism in football’ then DON’T make a big deal out of it.
This sort of uproar on the subject just adds fuel to the fire. Yes it sells papers, yes it causes debate, but at the end of the day, apart from getting dark, it just means more tension in football and her spot-on decisions show what idiots Keys and Gray really are.
If they were caught slagging off a rookie ref, someone who was in their first season in the Premiership and looks more like Dougie Howser MD than a grown up ref, there wouldn’t be this kind of uproar for ageism would there?
So why are the female fans in uproar?
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, that’s what makes football the sport that we love. If that’s their opinion let them get on with it. If Sian Massey (the female behind the rows if anyone cares) just gets her head down and proves them wrong, then in a few months everyone will have forgotten all about it.
Ladies, it’s not plonkers like Gray and Keys that cause sexism in football. It’s YOUR reactions to their stupid comments that do. And while I’m on opinions I think women’s football is boring and I’d rather watch paint dry than the women’s singles Wimbledon final.
But that’s another blog altogether …