FA equality panel discusses Scudamore sexism slurs

A Football Association equality panel has met to discuss the leaked Richard Scudamore sexism emails. Yesterday David Cameron's spokesman said he took the same view of his sports minister - that the comments were "unacceptable."

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Scudamore's Premier League position under threat

Richard Scudamore's position as chief executive of the Premier League remains under pressure as the league's audit and remuneration committee prepares to meet today.

Scudamore has apologised for 'any offence caused'. Credit: Press Association.

Scudamore has been heavily criticised after leaked emails reveal a number of sexist slurs. Scudamore has apologised for "any offence caused" and admitted the comments were "inappropriate".

Yesterday, the Premier League was forced to defend its working environment after Rani Abraham, who worked as a temporary personal assistant, said she felt "humiliated, belittled, and disgusted" by the messages she read.

Farage: Scudamore will have to pay the price for emails

The pressure on the Premier League's chief executive will force him to resign, Ukip leader Nigel Farage has told ITV News, after Richard Scudamore made controversial remarks about women in private emails which were leaked to the Sunday Mirror.

Mr Farage added:

In the modern world anybody who sends out anything by email should not consider it to be private, it's not.

I think he should have known better then to do that. Email is not private. He's made a very bad error of judgement, and I'm afraid he's going to have to pay the price for that.


Premier League denies 'sexist culture' claims

The Premier League has hit back at claims it fosters a "closed culture of sexism" after leaked emails revealed controversial remarks made by its Chief Executive.

In a statement, the body said: “We do not recognise this characterisation of the working environment at the Premier League, nor do we believe that it can be supported by the facts.

"The Chief Executive has already apologised for any offence caused and a proper review of all the evidence is now underway within the Premier League’s established and rigorous procedures."

"The Premier League continues to be fully committed to treating all staff fairly and on merit, regardless of gender.”

Whistleblower 'felt humiliated' by Scudamore emails

Scudamore has apologised for the 'inappropriate' messages. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

The woman that leaked sexist private emails sent by Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore has said she felt "humiliated, belittled and disgusted" by the messages.

Discussing the leaks for the first time with the Sunday Mirror, 41-year-old Rani Abraham said: “I had a duty to speak out. If I didn’t then I’d somehow be condoning his behaviour.”

The personal assistant said: “It would have been far easier for me to just try to forget about those emails but I couldn’t.

"Mr Scudamore has a huge amount of influence and is paid a vast sum of money and has behaved wrongly."

Scudamore 'should consider position' over emails

Heather Rabbatts previously criticised the FA for a lack of women in prominent positions. Credit: Daniel Hambury/EMPICS Sport

Football Association board member Heather Rabbatts has added to mounting pressure on Premier League boss Richard Scudamore, arguing he should give "serious consideration" to his position after sexist remarks were uncovered by leaked emails.

In a statement reported in numerous media outlets, Ms Rabbatts said the emails symbolised "a closed culture of sexism" at the Premier League.

She also called for a review of the League's governance "with a view to improving accountability and tackling head on a culture that demeans women and seems to discourage their involvement in the game's administration".

Ms Rabbatts added: "These challenges go beyond the current situation of chief executive Richard Scudamore, however if the League are to move forward in a positive way then he and they should give serious consideration to his position in the coming days."

Scudamore position 'untenable' after sexist emails

Richard Scudamore said he made an "error of judgement" in sending "inappropriate" emails to a lawyer friend. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Richard Scudamore's tenure as the Premier League's chief executive is under increasing threat after the league's main sponsor Barclays expressed concerns over his sexist emails and a equality campaigner called for him to go.

Edward Lord, who is also a member of the Football Association's inclusion advisory board (IAB), wrote on his personal blog that Scudamore's position is now "untenable".

It is understood that Barclays expressed disappointment to the league this week about the content of emails Scudamore sent to a lawyer friend, which were revealed by the Sunday Mirror last weekend.

The Premier League is set to meet on Monday to discuss the case, which will also discussed at a special meeting of the IAB on Tuesday.


Sports minister attacks 'sexist' Scudamore comments

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Sports Minister Helen Grant has described sexist remarks allegedly made by Premier League chief Richard Scudamore as "completely unacceptable and very disappointing".

Mr Scudamore apologised after the controversial comments about women were uncovered from private emails leaked to the Sunday Mirror.

In a statement, Helen Grant said: "I am determined to do all I can to help tackle all forms of discrimination in sport.

"There is absolutely no place for it and all of us working in sport need to pull together on the issue. There is no room for complacency."

Dyke: Scudamore emails 'a matter for Premier League'

The chairman of the Football Association, Greg Dyke, has said the row over emails sent by the chief executive of the Premier League, Richard Scudamore is "a matter for the Premier League".

Mr Scudamore made controversial remarks about women in private emails which were leaked to the Sunday Mirror.

He has acknowledged the comments were "inappropriate" and apologised for "any offence caused".

Mr Dyke appeared to distance the FA from with the controversy, saying: "This remains a matter for the Premier League to consider. The FA remains wholly committed to promoting diversity and will continue to work on challenging discrimination and developing future women leaders."

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