TV presenter quits the sport awards due to sexual harassment

TV presenter quits the sport awards due to sexual harassment

A group that represents Scottish journalists has apologized following an award ceremony speech that led to the walkout.

TV host Eilidh Barbour was among the guests who walked out of Sunday’s Scottish Football Writers Association (SFWA) gala dinner in Glasgow in protest.

Ms. Barbour tweeted that she’d “never felt so unwelcome in the industry” as other people have claimed that the jokes are “sexist, racist and homophobic.”

The SFWA apologized to those “offended or upset” by the remarks.

It also has promised to improve and review the club’s annual banquet structure, including the presentation of prizes, including manager and player of the year.

The debate was centered around jokes made during an address by Bill Copeland, a lawyer who works on the post-dinner speaking circuit.

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The BBC and Sky Sports presenter Barbour were present at two tables which were so offended they walked out of the room in protest.

Journalist and writer Gabriella Bennett, sitting at one of the tables, said on the BBC’s Lunchtime Live program that she had been exposed to sexist remarks made at prior SFWA gatherings, but the speech on Sunday was “the next level.”

“I walked out after about five minutes of maybe a 20-minute speech, and within those five minutes it was rammed with sexist jokes,” she added.

She told her she decided to leave after hearing the “offensive racial slur.”

The lady Bennett added: “My table stood up to go, and I watched Eilidh Barbour and others at her table rise and leave; however, it’s important to note that many people laughed over these jokes.

“We were two tables in an enormous room and lots of people found it really funny.”

Former Scotland international Leanne Crichton said she was “disheartened”

Ms. Bennett, a part of the Women in Journalism group, claimed the incident was part of a more significant issue in sports journalism. Only three of the 95 staff writers on the print part of the business are women.

She said: “What those three women shared with us – and perhaps others who work in sports journalism or broadcasting, will cause your hair to be a mess.

“Some really, really, shocking testimonials from everything from intimidating atmospheres at football press boxes to sneering attitudes to women in sports.”

A former Scotland world champion Leanne Crichton who was also present attending the dinner, told the press that she left the dinner feeling “disheartened.”

“A stark reminder”

“I don’t think it was reflective of everyone who was in the room, and there are lots of positive strides,” she stated to the BBC.

She added: “There’s still a long way to go and I think last night was a stark reminder of that.”

“Kick It Out,” a campaign to combat racism in football and Women in Football,¬†issued an official statement¬†describing the remarks made during the event in terms of “sexist, racist and homophobic.”

It was said that: “Women face sexism and gender discrimination in the workplace. This is usually exacerbated when they are involved in football and other sports forms, whether as a player or pundit. It’s time to change that.

“Racism and homophobia continue to be a stain on the game, and we must continue to challenge it and eradicate it. “.

Aileen Campbell said misogyny should not be tolerated

Aileen Campbell, the chief executive for Scottish Women’s Football, told the BBC that it was a disappointing incident. Still, she said that the general direction during the match was positive.

She added: “You think what a regret that we take such long strides only to fall back a few steps.

“For me, it’s as Leanne said – people are empowered enough now to call it out. We don’t want to tolerate misogyny, nor should we.”

A speaker named Bill Copeland has been contacted for clarification. The agency for speakers who represent him has said that Copeland remained in the statement of the SFWA.

It read: “The Scottish Football Writers Association is sorry to anyone upset or offended by content from one of our evening speakers from last night’s annual dinner for awards.

“We have agreed unanimously that this will act as a catalyst to review and improve the format of our future events to make it an enjoyable and inspirational event for all.”

The SFWA was founded over 60 years ago to protect the concerns of professional football writers from Scotland.

Hearts goalkeeper Craig Gordon was named player of the year and Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou manager of the year in the ceremony. Manchester City’s Caroline Weir won the first international women’s award for player of the year. In addition, a former Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson was awarded the lifetime achievement award.



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