Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

FA Probe Newell's Women Refs Tirade

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

FA Probe Newell's Women Refs Tirade

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THE Football Association were today investigating Luton manager Mike Newell's tirade against women officials.

Newell could face a disrepute charge after claiming that the appointment of female officials was "political correctness".

Newell - whose own club secretary is a woman, Cherry Newbery, reacted angrily to decisions made by assistant referee Amy Rayner during Luton's 3-2 home defeat by QPR.

He said: "She (Rayner) should not be here. I know that sounds sexist, but I am sexist, so I am not going to be anything other than that.

"We have a problem in this country with political correctness, and bringing women into the game is not the way to improve refereeing and officialdom.

"It is absolutely beyond belief. When do we reach a stage when all officials are women, because then we are in trouble?

"It is bad enough with the incapable referees and linesmen we have, but if you start bringing in women, you have big problems.

"This is Championship football. …

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