Match Of The Day’s first female commentator has blasted her daughter’s football coach who banished the seven-year-old to play with hula-hoops because boys on the team wouldn’t pass to her.
The 44-year-old won an MBE in 2016 for services to broadcasting and diversity in sport and is also on the board of Women in Football, an organisation designed to improve the representation of women in the game.
But there is clearly more work that needs to be done to change attitudes in the game, after her seven-year-old daughter Phoebe and her female teammates were ostracised from a football match.
The furious mother-of-two tweeted: ‘My 7-year-old daughter was looking forward to her football class this morning.
‘When I picked her up she said the boys would only pass to each other, so the coach told the girls to go and play with hula-hoops instead. Ridiculous.’
Jacqui Oatley broke down barriers for women in sport when she grasped the microphone to commentate on for Fulham versus Birmingham in 2007 for BBC’s flagship football programme
Despite being a forerunner of female progress in sport and journalism, there is clearly more work that needs to be done to change attitudes in the game after her young daughter Phoebe (pictured left), was ostracised from a football match by her coach. Pictured right: Her son Max
The vast majority of social media users shared her anger and some detailed their own experiences, in support of the 44-year-old.
Neil Meldrum said: ‘Two top girls in my lad’s team (one a real star and arguably the team’s best player) and they integrate brilliantly so sad to hear that this kind of nonsense still occurring.’
Jonathan Northcroft added: ‘Our six year old has been ostracised at times by the boys in her football class too.
‘Gobsmacked this can still be happening to girls in 2019.’
Meanwhile Jo Tongue, fumed: ‘This is disgraceful’
The sports presenter, who was born in Wolverhampton, previously worked in intellectual property, before deciding to pack it in and enter the world of sport journalism in her late 20s.
As well as becoming Match of the Day’s first female commentator, she is also on the board of Women in Football, an organisation designed to improve the representation of women in the game.
She lives in London with husband and two children, Phoebe and Max.
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