to be absolutely furious about football chief and emails referring to women as 'gash'??

(358 Posts)
BeanAboutTown Mon 12-May-14 09:46:04

Sorry if there are other threads about this, couldn't find any.

Richard Scudamore, head of the Premier League, has been merrily sending emails referring to women as 'gash' and 'skinny big-titted broads', 'irrational' and lots of other incendiary misogynist shite.

Oh but he's apologised. That's nice eh, nothing to see here

Apparently he reports to the Premier League Board, which is two people, one of whom is errrrrr Richard Scudamore

AIBU to think an apology is nowhere near enough and he should bloody well resign?

It's been reported that the Premier League's women's officer has been told not to make any comment. Wouldn't want the shiny-suited money-making boys' club to be unnecessarily disturbed by any harpies would we

Anyone for a Premier League boycott next season? (Congrats to Man City by the way) How about we all give our money to the women's game instead

LJL1 Wed 14-May-14 11:12:26

Would it be appropriate to update his Wikepedia page about the response to this?
There is a small entry but not much said...

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Wed 14-May-14 11:15:25

It's been on the bbc web page.

KatieMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 14-May-14 13:09:53

Hi all. Just to let you know the Telegraph have reported that Richard Scudamore is to face a formal hearing over his emails.

LineRunner Wed 14-May-14 13:12:29

Thank you, KatieMN, and a bloody good thing too.

CommunistLegoBloc Wed 14-May-14 13:20:07

YAY! But this should be the expectation and the norm.

KatieMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 14-May-14 13:23:04

Additional comment from Alex Horne, General Secretary of the FA too

“It is important I communicate to all staff how disappointed all of us are in the tone and nature of the content of these emails which we believe is totally inappropriate.

“Richard is not an employee of the FA and the matter is one for the Premier League to address considering their respective policies. The issue is something we will continue to monitor.”

ExcuseTypos Wed 14-May-14 13:24:52

Fantastic news about the hearing.

ExcuseTypos Wed 14-May-14 13:25:31

I hope they make him read them out infront of the hearing panel.

LineRunner Wed 14-May-14 13:27:30

Told you he was doomed. No senior figure in sport or politics wants the Scudamore albatross hanging round their necks.

Threads like this, showing up as 'Active' on an influential website, do help.

JohnFarleysRuskin Wed 14-May-14 13:27:35

That is progress.

Crumblemum Wed 14-May-14 13:35:15

First question:

Would you write these 'jokes' on headed paper?

Crumblemum Wed 14-May-14 13:35:50

Second question

How would you feel as a woman working in this organisation?

Any more?

LineRunner Wed 14-May-14 13:36:50

Do you feel your position remains tenable, and if so, how?

Crumblemum Wed 14-May-14 13:39:26

Are you an asset to England's bid to host the 2019 world cup?

BeanAboutTown Wed 14-May-14 13:41:21

As an manager, how would you have responded if one of your staff had done this?

BeanAboutTown Wed 14-May-14 13:42:19

And, do you think you are qualified to head up efforts to promote and celebrate the women's game?

whatsthatcomingoverthehill Wed 14-May-14 13:42:41

Not defending Scudamore at all, but in terms of use of 'gash', wasn't that something the lawyer wrote not him?

ExcuseTypos Wed 14-May-14 14:06:46

Did you realise the way you referred to women, was inappropriate? <Head tilt>
If so why did you do it?

LineRunner Wed 14-May-14 14:16:56

Was your 'joke' about the Chinese one-child policy an oblique reference to female infanticide? Could you explain that further?

merrymouse Wed 14-May-14 15:02:22

Personal emails or not, the attitude in them is so bad that I think it's a bit the equivalent of a doctor letting slip that she isn't actually qualified. I know it might not stand up in court, but however the information was found out, he is clearly in the wrong job.

ifyourehoppyandyouknowit Wed 14-May-14 15:07:42

My Scudamore, what would you say to all the young women out there who want to pursue football? Other than 'sorry'?

CommunistLegoBloc Wed 14-May-14 15:49:28

From the BBC:

*Moya Dodd, a Fifa executive committee member and vice-president of the Asian Football Confederation, told BBC Sport: "It's important for football to take sexism as seriously as it is taking racism.

"If this can happen at the highest levels of football in a country that prides itself on gender issues and is bidding for the women's World Cup in 2019, then that's bad enough.
"But it also makes you contemplate how much more difficult it is elsewhere in the world, trying to gain the respect and credibility they need to make a contribution to the game."*

She echoes an argument made by many articulate MNetters.

GeekLove Wed 14-May-14 16:40:14

This should be a message to all who use email in a personal capacity. Assume that (1) it is forever and (2) would you write it on headed paper and sign it for all to see?

Swannery Wed 14-May-14 17:13:23

The view on Yahoo seems to be that there has been a gross violation of his privacy, he was just being a bit non-PC like everyone is, and the PA who leaked the emails should be punished - preferably prosecuted.

GeekLove Wed 14-May-14 17:15:46

Personally I think she is more a whistle-blower. If it was just banal everyday stuff what would be the point in leaking that? I don't think this is for personal glory, no-one looks glorious here.

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