Liverpool have been left embarrassed today after it emerged that their manager and kit supplier had used a phrase banned by the club.
In response to last year’s racism scandal involving Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez, Liverpool have decided to issue a list to their members of staff detailing a range of unacceptable words and phrases.
The list contains derogatory phrases relating to race and religion, sexual orientation, gender and disability.
The club now find themselves mired in controversy once again, as it has emerged that manager Brendan Rogers has previously used a phrase from the list. In addition to this, their kit supplier Warrior Sports has used the same phrase on its website, urging sports fans to: “man up, sign up”.
Liverpool officials have banned the use of the phrase “man up” on the grounds of gender discrimination. The Guardian has quoted Manager Brendan Rodgers as using the phrase in the lead up to the January transfer window.
The Ulsterman said: "If you get little niggles or little injuries you've got to man up."
Whilst Rogers’ words may not have been intended to cause offence, their emergence into the spotlight will provide more unwelcome attention in the lead up to the new Premier League season.
The issue of discrimination has been particularly relevant at Anfield since Kenny Dalglish’s ill-advised decision to allow his players to wear t-shirts supporting striker Luis Suarez in 2011, following claims he racially abused Patrice Evra.
Rogers will want to avoid further controversy as he aims to take Liverpool back to the top four and Champions League football. Liverpool begin their season against Stoke City on August 17.
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