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

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:

“JEWELL PENALTY RAGE AT FEMALE OFFICIAL”

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?

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