Women’s soccer player Bethany England was among observers to criticize Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness after comments he made during the broadcaster’s coverage of Chelsea v Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday.
Souness was in the studio alongside former Lionesses star Karen Carney, with David Jones hosting. A frantic and moody game at Stamford Bridge ended 2-2, with a number of turning points including both managers Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte clashing on the touchline twice.
Speaking after the game, Souness said: “The refs let a lot more go and it makes for better monitoring. We’ve all played the game, with simulations and people getting thrown. I haven’t seen that in the game. two games today. It’s a man’s game now.”
He also claimed that “boys will be boys” when asked about the coaching crisis, and his repeated reference to men did not go down well with those still celebrating England Women’s magnificent Euro 2022 victory this summer
England, who plays for Chelsea and has won 19 caps for the Lionesses, took to Twitter to express his disappointment at Souness’s words. She wrote: “”It’s a man’s game” “Men in it” Go in the bin, what a disgraceful thing to say after the summer this country has just seen.”
Others also hit out at Souness on social media. Pundit Eniola Aluko wrote: “Awkward turtles, Graeme Souness talking ‘it’s a man’s game again’ sat next to England centurion Karen Carney, two weeks after @Lionesses ended a wait of 56 years old and win the European Championships. Let’s go. It’s not good. .”
One user added on Twitter: “Souness claimed ‘It’s a man’s game again’ a couple of weeks after the women won the Euros. Sky Sports, you need some new pundits.”
And another said: “Graeme Souness, Jesus cried. ‘It’s a man’s game’, ‘boys will be boys’, ‘our football is back, men at it.’ It’s quite uncomfortable to see him sitting next to Karen Carney saying all that. he didn’t even seem bothered when Dave Jones had to correct him.”
This is not the first time Souness has courted controversy of late. Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings hit out at an article Souness had written questioning his attitude following a Zoom interview they had both had.
Mings tweeted: “What a strange article. That zoom call I was invited to was 2 years ago and he didn’t tell me anything at the time, now he wants to drag me into his nonsense column. BTW I’ve gotten a lot from where I started. Happy to chat if you ever need me.”
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