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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.



Mumraathenoisylion Thu 22-May-14 21:11:15

You're embarrassed to be a woman because the women on this thread believe derogatory comments towards women are unacceptable.

Prime example of the patriarchy at work right there.

Don't worry - if it helps I'm embarrassed for you.

LineRunner Thu 22-May-14 20:18:36

1984looms, it's ok, you don't have to keep repeating, repeating, repeating. It's tedious, tedious, tedious. And patronising, patronising, patronising.

BillnTedsMostFeministAdventure Thu 22-May-14 15:36:57


Yes, if we all posted on Mn with our work email addresses and signed off

Bill Ented, Director of Adventure, Most Feminist Ltd

I would expect to be held accountable at work for my comments.

1984looms Thu 22-May-14 13:27:31

This thread is seriously in danger of confirming Scudamore's comment about women's irrationality and frankly makes me embarrassed to be a woman. Can posters really see no problem at all with demanding that a person's private comments are hauled into the open and subjected to public humiliation? I think his PA should be publicly criticised for her betrayal and her disgusting disregard for his privacy. The logic of what is being argued here is that Mumsnetters could not be anonymous and even more, should be held account by their employers for comments they make on the site. Stupid, stupid, stupid. Read this to see where this kind of mindless, sheeplike campaigning will take us.
Mumsnet is becoming a significant cheerleader for a terrifying 1984 culture.

GetKnitted Wed 21-May-14 21:35:56

I feel like I need to add here that we were recently lucky enough to win, through mumsnet, season tickets to our local women's football club, great! They wrote to ask me for all the family's names so we can all get in, great! They sent us the season ticket, great! It was addressed to my husband #everydaysexism

edamsavestheday Wed 21-May-14 16:41:19

quite, Tess, how surprising that a coterie of men decided one of their bessie mates was absolutely fine and dandy and had no case to answer over a few amusing emails...

TessOfTheFurbyvilles Wed 21-May-14 11:45:03

Oh what a surprise, Peter McCormick, the acting chairman of the Premier League, and the man who led the "investigation" into Scudamore a shooting buddy of his.

Well that says it all then really doesn't it?!

Blondieminx Tue 20-May-14 10:41:50

Portia Smart has done a blog about perception around sexist incidents and all the celeb sex abuse trials. It really resonated with me this morning in the context of the inaction over Scudamore's thoroughly inappropriate emails.

Fishandjam Tue 20-May-14 10:30:48

It's disappointing but not surprising that Premier League clubs are standing by their man. The governance of the Premier League is a joke even without a sexist arsehole at the helm.

Mumraathenoisylion Tue 20-May-14 09:33:10

hmm I see, apologies! I have found her career an inspiration and I'm sure in this situation she had little choice which doesn't make it right at all but I'd bet all pressure was on her to come out in support of RS.

Roshbegosh Tue 20-May-14 09:17:36

I don't think we should expect Karen Brady to say anything sensible here, as much as I generally admire her. Didn't she start her career in the porn industry? She may think calling women gash is perfectly ok. She is not a spokesperson for women.

meddie Tue 20-May-14 09:14:54

I,m so disappointed that no action was taken, this was a high profile incident and an opportunity to show that sexism would be treated at least on par with the same seriousness that racism is. but its only women who were insulted so Meh who cares.

BillAndTedsMostFeministAdventu Tue 20-May-14 08:59:52

Mumra, because Karren Brady has come out in support of Scudamore.

Mumraathenoisylion Tue 20-May-14 08:42:57

Well I don't understand how Karren Brady is a joke, is it because she's the only woman in football you know?

HoopyViper Tue 20-May-14 08:00:08

Yes pan, where is Karen Brady in all this? Has mn had her in for a webchat yet? If not then now would be a good time!

Mumraathenoisylion Tue 20-May-14 04:41:09

Absolutely disgusting, this is why the football industry is rotten from the inside out. A sexist vile place where women are treated worse than second class citizens but as accessories, possessions and usable goods.

What he has written in his emails doesn't just affect those written about but all women and the premier league dismissing it makes them complicit. I feel personally degraded by the whole event.

Panwearsrosa Tue 20-May-14 01:53:31

Yep, it's nicely fucked itself. Karen Brady is now a joke for any aspirant female in the world of footie.

Tweasels Mon 19-May-14 23:40:28

I'm really disappointed by the decision to take no action against him. I'm not at all surprised though. sad

LineRunner Mon 19-May-14 23:34:11

The Premier League can just piss off.

Panwearsrosa Mon 19-May-14 22:46:06

Supporting Dr - am a slightly ugly bloke (depending on the light angle), though not quite a car crash sort of ugly, and I don't think my personal practice is a sexist one...

DoctorTwo Mon 19-May-14 20:16:33

You might be right freckle. Though I'm not sexist and I'm an ugly bloke. grin

freckelfootie Mon 19-May-14 20:00:59

I have a theory that ugly men are more sexist than good looking ones. Is this correct?

Actually, that's just a rhetorical question, I can see your face chum.

jonicomelately Mon 19-May-14 19:56:40

I think you are in a minority, if you are female jess888

I am very disappointed in the decision.

jess888 Mon 19-May-14 17:45:05

No action being taken against him.

Im obviously in the minority but Im quite pleased as hes against b teams and FFP.

KatieMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 19-May-14 17:22:17

The PM, David Cameron has also just been asked about this on Five live. The Telegraph are reporting this as 'Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore should be sacked, David Cameron suggests.'

After being asked if:

“someone in your team could survive if they admitted that sort of thing”, after taking tough line on racism,

David Cameron replied:

“No I don’t think they would. But as I say I have not seen these specific texts and emails. I am very happy to go and look at them.”

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