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Racism and sexism 'should not be in football'

Les Ferdinand has said that racism and sexism have no place in football.

Speaking to ITV News after a series of emails containing sexist comments from Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore were leaked, the former England international said;

"We talk about racism, we talk about sexism - and all these things shouldn't be in football."

Ferdinand was speaking before the Premier League ruled that Scudamore wouldn't face any further action for the emails.

'No climate of disrespect for women' at Premier League

File photo dated 26/10/2013 of Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

An Investigation into the conduct of Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore has found "no climate of disrespect of women in the workplace," an official statement has said.

"Responses from many women in employment at the Premier League, and extensive consultations with others, establish that there is no climate of disrespect of women in the workplace." The statement said.

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'No further action' over Scudamore emails

The Premier League has ruled that "no further disciplinary action is required or justified" for Richard Scudamore after a series of leaked emails revealed sexist slurs.

In a statement to the media, the Chairman of the Premier League said that the Clubs had accepted the Chief Executive's "sincere" apology and "accepted his undertaking to take active steps to prevent a recurrence."

"In these circumstances and in the light of a previously unblemished record over 15 years of service to the Premier League, the Clubs resolved unanimously that no further disciplinary action is required or justified." The statement said.

David Cameron: Scudamore comments 'unacceptable'

Prime Minister David Cameron has supported the view of his sports minister that Richard Scudamore's comments were "unacceptable", but said that it was for the Premier League to decide his future.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "Helen Grant...was right to say what she did, I have clearly associated the Prime Minister directly with those remarks.

"But in terms of staffing decisions at the Premier League, it's for the Premier League."

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.

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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."

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