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SBD Global/May 12, 2014/International Football
Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore Apologizes For Sexist Emails
Published May 12, 2014
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FACING THE FALLOUT: ESPN reported Scudamore "is facing calls for an investigation into his position." Women in Football, a group aiming to improve women's representation in the game, said it was "shocked" by the reports. A group spokesperson said, "We expect the Premier League to conduct a full and proper investigation. Sexism, as with racism and homophobia, is not acceptable in the workplace" (ESPN, 5/11). The BBC reported former U.K. Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell said that Scudamore "has undermined his support for women's football." Jowell said the comments were "incredibly disappointing" and "unacceptable." She added, "You can't have one position publicly and then be laughing privately." Jowell: "In the world of social media and email, there is no public and private. I think what Richard needs to reflect on, and I think he's a decent man, is the disconnect between what he thinks privately and what he has tried to achieve publicly" (BBC, 5/11). In London, Matt Law reported Scudamore "has no plans to review his position or step down after being forced to apologise for a series of leaked emails." The EPL has "no plans to comment or take the issue further and, along with Scudamore, now consider the matter closed." They "are confident there are no more damaging emails that will come to light" (TELEGRAPH, 5/11).
SCUDAMORE BOOED: In London, Dan Warburton noted Scudamore was "booed by City fans as he presented Premier medals" to players following Man City's Premier League title-clinching victory. In his first public appearance since his apology, Scudamore "appeared grimfaced" (DAILY MIRROR, 5/11).