Oct

Sexism still rife in our game

Alison Bender   Football Uncategorised  

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So I admit it is a dumb question (and one I knew I’d get a tonne of stick for). Perhaps I’d even have rolled my eyes myself at such a question. After a great performance on his Chelsea Premier League debut it was certainly not one he was expecting to be asked.

As a Premier League reporter it’s my job to speak to the players after the game and ask them about the match. He’d run around for 90 minutes and put in a monumental performance, but it made me laugh that not a hair was out of place!

But here’s the thing. I’ve been interviewing footballers for over 15 years and the one thing the fans always tell me is “Where is the personality? They are always so cliché etc. etc.

And so I’m delighted that I’m finally working for a channel (Astro SuperSport in Malaysia) that allows me and encourages me to throw in a cheeky question here and there and drag a bit of personality out of the player. Poor guy really wasn’t expecting it.

I should add that of course I got all the serious stuff out of the way first, but it was a lighthearted back ref. and something I’ve been doing a few years now. Trust me, it takes courage to do it, because I know what kind of backlash I’ll receive, but it’s how I want to do things. I have earned the right to do it.

When I posted it on twitter after the game it received over 100 thousand views within 24 hours. Many thought it was funny, as intended, but of course there were the trolls. There are always the trolls.

“Bit of flirting there, get a room” One said.

“sh*t journalism”

“They wonder why nobody takes birds seriously. Vacuous 101”

“Really? You are representative of women in the sector yet you chose to ask that question?”

Of course I knew I’d get this, and I wonder if a man would receive quite the same outcry. Of course not, because I am ‘representing women’ apparently. Not ‘representing reporters.’

Anyway, if you want to hear the video it’s over on my videos page. It’s no big deal, but it’s just a timely reminder of something us girls have to battle, just for trying to be a bit different.