Treasury minister Andrea Leadsom has said that there is a culture within some key sports which "tolerates sexism".
Responding to criticism of Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore over leaked emails, she told ITV News: "I haven't looked at apparently some of the more salacious emails, but I do think there is a culture, particularly in some of the key sports, that does perhaps tolerate sexism."
She added: "I think it is incredibly unfortunate, because we can all take a joke, but actually it's very important that women are seen as colleagues and equals and encouraged to the best they can do."
"It depends. When does a joke become something that is actually harmful and humiliating for woman? I can't really comment in this particular case, but personally I would like to see men in particular respecting their colleagues as equals whether they are men or women."
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