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Volume 7 No. 149
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Jason Cundy Says Women's Voices 'Too High-Pitched' For Football

Former Chelsea footballer Jason Cundy said that women’s voices are "too high-pitched to commentate football matches," according to Maya Oppenheim of the London INDEPENDENT. Cundy, who presents "The Sports Bar" on Talksport and also Chelsea TV, "became embroiled in a row" with Piers Morgan on "Good Morning Britain." Morgan branded the ex-footballer a "sexist pig." Cundy’s comments come after Vicki Sparks "made history by becoming the first ever woman to commentate live on a World Cup game." Cundy said, "I prefer to hear a male voice when watching football -- for 90 minutes of hearing a high-pitched tone isn’t really what I would like to hear -- and when there is a moment of drama as there often is in football, that moment actually I think needs to be done with a slightly lower voice." Morgan said, "My only criteria, Jason, is not that they’re male or female, it’s, 'Do they know what they’re talking about?'" Cundy defended his view, saying, "Listen, it’s nothing to do with her insight, the way she delivers, or her knowledge, or her ability to do the job. It’s the voice" (INDEPENDENT, 6/25).