sexism-storm soccer official sian massey was caught in a new row yesterday - amid claims a player deliberately knocked her to the ground.
tv viewers saw cardiff city's kevin mcnaughton, 28, slam into the assistant as she ran the line during mondays home defeat by middlesborough.
he hurtled into her while sprinting to the touchline to keep the ball in play, then ran off with no apology.
sian 25 - unwittingly at the centre of the sexism storm that cost sky sports hosts andy gray and richard keys their jobs in january - collected her
flag and carried on.
hundreds of fans claimed online that the charge was deliberate - including cardiff city supporters.
city plan to take no action. a club spokesman said "kevin didnt do it on purpose-he was trying to get the ball"
If he hadn't just switched direction and she wasn't directly where the ball went, I would think it was deliberate. The motion does look that way. But
I'm pretty sure he didn't even know she was there until he hit her, he was just so focused on the ball. And the way he moves during looks odd, but the
way he moves after, his hands and arms, look very much to me like someone who has just run into someone accidentally.
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Don't forget, though, that he's kept the ball in play and is attempting to run down the line, right where she is standing. That is the natural
course he would have taken, regardless of whether there was someone standing there or not.
It could be a bit of both. Maybe he barges her out of frustration as she's accidentally obstructing his path. Either way, an apology from him would
have been the polite thing to do, but we are talking about professional footballers here.
Basically she is the first female official, and for obvious reasons there was alot of attention on her..
Then a story came out about 2 presenters from the main football show In the uk, made sexist comments about her, then it came out that they had also
made sexist comments about other woman.. They both got fired..
If you google Richard keys, Andy gray and sian Massey I'm sure you will get hundreds of articles explaining what was said and giving the full
I also heard another theory behind this, and it's got something to do with Andy gray suing the news of the world, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch
who also owns sky from which the 2 guys presented a show on..
Murdoch publications subsequently ran damming stories and effectively damaged Andy gray's reputation beyond repair..
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