Questions for Premier League boss on his sexist emails?

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KatieMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 14-May-14 20:38:48

Following the news that Richard Scudamore, Chief Exec of the Premier League is to face a formal hearing about his sexist emails, Mumsnet users on this thread have been suggesting some questions he needs to answer.

'How would you feel as a woman working in your organisation?'

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

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

What questions do you think he should face at his hearing on Tuesday? Let us know your thoughts and we'll compile the best into a page on the site.

Thanks

MNHQ

BIWI Wed 14-May-14 22:38:48

1. How can you justify, in 2014, making such comments? And how, given your role, can you justify such comments?

2a. 'Do you feel that women should be respected?'

2b. 'Do you believe that women are inferior to men?'

3. 'If you answered 'yes' to 2a and 'no' to 2b, can you explain why you made the comments that you did?'

I deleted the very rude questions

BIWI Wed 14-May-14 22:39:45

Oh, sorry:

4. 'If you answered 'no' to 2a and 'yes' to 2b, can you explain why you believe that you are the right person to be doing your job?

forago Wed 14-May-14 23:08:44

Do you have daughters and how would you feel about people talking about them the way you did if you do?

Finbar Wed 14-May-14 23:17:23

How do you feel that the fact you are apparently well liked by the clubs and have secured a lucrative tv deal for them will affect how you are treated over this matter?

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Wed 14-May-14 23:18:14

Forago - yes he does.

Do you feel your solicitor friend should also be facing questions from his professional body?

mellicauli Wed 14-May-14 23:23:10

On the premier league website you state that 25% of people who attend games are women. Do you have contempt for these customers?

You stated in your defence that your email comments were "private". Does this mean you think it is enough to pretend to respect women in public?

Do you think that showing your commitment to equality as mere lip service shows a lack of integrity? And don't you need integrity to be the be the figurehead of a large organisation such as yours?

And this is the best one: what would your Mother think about this?

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Wed 14-May-14 23:30:30

Were we to look at more than two months in your email history, or at your Hotmail account, what other "humour" might we find?

HenI5 Wed 14-May-14 23:55:21

1. Why haven't you been sacked?
Is it because you are protected by your employing organisation whereas anyone else would have been out of the door faster than the Suarez free kick that resulted in a disallowed goal last Sunday* ?

Failing a deserved sacking, why on earth don't you have the grace and honour to resign and enroll yourself on a training course to retrain as a decent member of 21st century society?

*not bitter

2. Do you genuinely see your employment position as tenable?

DoctorTwo Thu 15-May-14 06:25:04

Given that you are supposedly in charge of the womens game in England, how are your views going to help the bid to bring the World Cup here in 2019?

Should Sian Massey be promoted to the list of referees who officiate in the Premier League rather than just being an 'assistant referee'? Ya know, given that she's the best ref we have in this country.

Blondieminx Thu 15-May-14 06:25:51

Are your daughters still speaking to you?

Are you reluctant to do the decent thing and resign because you know no other organisation would employ someone with your views?

<other, ruder questions also deleted>

CPtart Thu 15-May-14 06:54:09

What do your parents think of this, and the upbringing they gave you which produced such an unpleasant individual?

Onesleeptillwembley Thu 15-May-14 08:20:23

1, How the fuck were you brought up?

2, what's so lacking in your manhood to have the need to try to make yourself superior in such a sad way?

3, How can you view your own mother and daughters in that way (if you have any)?

4, Have you any idea how disgusting and pitiful you are?

captainmummy Thu 15-May-14 08:42:32

'Is the 'Sexism' Hearing going to be totally composed of, and headed by Men?' and

'will you really answer questions posed by Mumsnet, a website headed by, read by, and composed of (mostly) errrrm, women?'

captainmummy Thu 15-May-14 08:46:42

Minutes of the Sexism Hearing;
'Alan - presiding;
Ray, George and Martin assisting.
Lisa - 4 coffees and a plate of biscuits please....'

angry

grin

ladyblablah Thu 15-May-14 09:29:13

Message deleted by MNHQ. Here's a link to our Talk Guidelines.

NormaStanleyFletcher Thu 15-May-14 10:44:41

Will you volunteer to have your personal and work email to be examined ?

We're you sending these personal emails during working hours?

Do you think your comments are acceptable because they were in your private email?

Do you think it is possible for someone displaying contempt for a social grouping in private to be an effective advocate for their inclusion professionally?

Has this incident caused to you reflect on why your remarks have caused so much concern and has this encouraged you to revise your opinion of women or simply to be more circumspect in future?

Revised:

Do you think it is possible for someone displaying contempt for a social group in private to be an effective advocate for their inclusion professionally?

If this one gets chosen, at least it will read better now blush

SelectAUserName Thu 15-May-14 11:15:29

"Why do you feel that using such language to refer to 50% of the human race, which includes your mother, your wife and any daughters you may have, is acceptable in 2014?"

"Can you understand why your use of such language and what it suggests with regard to your views on women in general casts doubt on your fitness to maintain your position, especially as it includes promoting women's football? Do you recognise the hypocrisy in your actions?"

"Why did you feel it was appropriate to send such emails during work time? What sort of message does this behaviour, and the messages in question, send out to your employees? Is it generally acceptable for Premier League employees to get paid for personal activities? If not, why did you do it?"

Do you feel unfairly singled out for criticism, because you know that most men of your acquaintance refer to women this way when they know they won't be overheard by someone who might complain?

BarbarianMum Thu 15-May-14 11:25:06

Do you think that sexism in football is less of a problem than racism?

How do you reconcile your personal beliefs with your public duties?

BrookeDavies Thu 15-May-14 11:35:32

How do you feel your situation differs from that of Dave Boyle? Do you feel that a precedent was set in that instance?

slug Thu 15-May-14 11:42:09

"Do you understand why these comments were offensive?"

"Can you demonstrate this by using an analogy?"

"Can you justify why a man who uses this terminology should be in charge of the women's game?"

"In light of your stated views about women, does this throw any light on the position of the women's game in the UK?"

slug Thu 15-May-14 11:43:04

Actually, edit that last one to say

"In light of your stated views about women, does this throw any light on the way the women's game is not marketed and promoted in the UK?"

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