the dropkicks: rugby podcast

Tuesday, November 14, 2006
"I know that sounds sexist but I am sexist."
Following Luton's 2-3 defeat to QPR in England's Division One League over the weekend, Luton Manager Mike Newell decided the female line assistant was to blame...
She shouldn't be here. I know that sounds sexist but I am sexist. This is not park football, so what are women doing here? We have a problem in this country with political correctness - bringing women into the game is not the way to improve refereeing and officialdom. If you start bringing in women you have big problems. It is tokenism for the politically correct idiots.
Replace 'women' with 'blacks', and 'sexist' with 'racist', to better highlight the sheer idiocy of this statement.

Needless to say, all hell is broken loose in the UK media, Newell has since apologised (or not, depending on how you read it), and it now appears his job may be on the line as a result of his outburst. Idiot.

[Update: one of the better commentary pieces on the affair has been written by Zoe Williams over at Guardian Unlimited.]

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