‘No regrets’ – Souness defends ‘man’s game’ comment made after Chelsea v Spurs game

'No regrets' - Souness defends 'man's game' comment made after Chelsea v Spurs game

Graeme Souness insists he does not regret his comments following Sunday’s fiery draw between Chelsea and Tottenham.

The Liverpool legend was criticized for saying the battle at Stamford Bridge “suddenly proved to be a man’s game”.

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Souness explained his comments but was unrepentant

Souness was referring to referee Anthony Taylor’s more liberal approach to allowing a number of tackles in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham, but faced criticism for making the comments while sitting alongside Karen Carney, a former England women’s international.

Souness joined White and Jordan on talkSPORT for his regular Monday morning appearance and explained what he said.

Asked by host Jim White if he regretted what he said, the 69-year-old replied: “Not a word. Let me explain. I’ve been advocating for years that referees play such an important role in play in Premier League success.

“We have to be careful what we say today and I wasn’t very good at it, but we were coming back like other leagues.

“They were whistling all the time and it wasn’t a good watch. Our game has always been unique, meatier, more in-your-face and more intense and we got away with it.

“My comments yesterday said that we have got the game back. This is the kind of football I remember playing.


The 'Battle on the Bridge' boiled over on several occasions

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The ‘Battle on the Bridge’ boiled over on several occasions

“We have to be better for it. The directive to the referees is long overdue, we got the game back.

“I enjoyed two football matches yesterday where men played with men and behaved and fought with each other.

“Okay, I don’t think we should condone the sideline thing, but I’ve been there. If you’re on the sideline and things don’t go your way and you feel like there’s been an injustice. You’ve worked all a week during these 90 minutes.”

Carney’s former England team-mate Eniola Aluko tweeted her criticism of Souness following his comments.

There were many question marks over Taylor's tenure at Stamford Bridge, but Souness liked the way he let things go.

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There were many question marks over Taylor’s tenure at Stamford Bridge, but Souness liked the way he let things go.

“Awkward turtles, ‘it’s a man’s game again’ Graeme Souness sat next to England centurion Karen Carney, two weeks after the Lionesses ended a 56-year wait to win the European Championship he tweeted. “Come on. It’s not good.”

talkSPORT host Simon Jordan hit back at Aluko, calling the outrage “ridiculous”.

He said: “It’s absurd. I’ve seen some of the backlash. What an absolute load of nonsense. How can someone, a man describing a game with men, apparently not use the words man or men in conjunction with a game with men not more.

“We’re losing context here, we’ve got to a point where we have to say ‘wait, the Women’s Super League is biased.’

Spurs were held to a 2-2 draw by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

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Spurs were held to a 2-2 draw by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

“Are we going into this territory? It’s ridiculous. Graeme made an observation about a game and made it in conjunction with what he was watching.

“If someone wants to turn it into something more, they make a particular cause of equality and injustice. It’s light activism. I’m watching England women’s football team doing a song out of place, I’m so disappointed by it I think it’s unnecessary.

“If you want to take someone’s conversation out of context, twist it and make it into something it wasn’t, that’s you.

The turning point between Conte and Tuchel was the talk of the match

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The turning point between Conte and Tuchel was the talk of the match

“It doesn’t mean people should be punished, it doesn’t mean we need show hosts to say ‘it’s a women’s game too.’

“You don’t need it. I don’t think Graeme is a dinosaur, I don’t think he’s misogynistic, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with what he said.

“I have a 14-year-old daughter and I want her to compete in the world and be given the best opportunities, what a load of old cobblers.”

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