Anorak | A football ‘sexism storm’ stars the uncompromising Phil Jewell and Amy Fearn

A football ‘sexism storm’ stars the uncompromising Phil Jewell and Amy Fearn

by | 12th, January 2012

LAST night, Ipswich lost 2-1 to Birmingham. Ipswich manager Paul Jewell was upset with defeat and an unpunished challenge in the box on Ipswich winger Lee Miller. The referee’s assistant was Amy Fearn – a woman.

Cue the Daily Mail:


Why draw attention to the woman official? Will the Mail now be questioning the referee’s assistants’ performances in all matches and featuring them in the headlines? Or is a woman with a flag worthy of more attention than a man?

Said Jewell:

“Unfortunately, everyone to a man could see it was a penalty, but not a woman. Although the referee didn’t have a good sight of the incident, the lineswoman had a great view of it. It was a stonewall penalty and a sending off. You need to ask him [referee Robert Lewis] and her [Fearn] why they didn’t give it. I asked both of them about it at the end but all I got was the wall of silence.”

That’s what the Daily Mail calls a “sexism storm“. The Sun says it is a “soccer sexism row”.

Has Jewell discriminated by referring to Fearn as a ‘woman’ and  ‘her’? No. But this is football, another planet on which intrepid reporters seek out bigotry and racism with a magnifying glass.

Anyhow, Jewell has a lot of time for women. See that News of the World sex tape, allegedly. Or, rather, don’t…

Posted: 12th, January 2012 | In: Sports Comment | TrackBack | Permalink