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Richard Scudamore caught up in e-mail scandal

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Premier League chief Richard Scudamore’s former PA has revealed how her former boss, who publicly backs women’s football, exchanged sleazy emails with senior colleagues in which females were referred to as “gash”.

One message featured married Scudamore telling a lawyer pal working for the Premier League to keep a woman colleague “off your shaft”. Another message included a jovial anecdote from Scudamore who described how: “I had a girlfriend once called double decker… happy for you to play upstairs, but her Dad got angry if you went below”.

Scudamore, however, was not finished there as he went on to mock “female -irrationality” and also forwarded one joke from a pal about a prince who “banged skinny big t****d broads”.

The Premier League boss – who will be at the Etihad Stadium today as Manchester City look likely to claim their second League title– likes to be seen as a champion of equality in the game.

The 54-year-old has been Chief Executive of the Premier League since 1999 and has recently joined forces with the FA and Sports England to promote a new FA Women and Girls programme with a £2.4million investment over two years. The football boss even went as far as to publicly claim the league strives to be at “the leading edge” of the “whole equality agenda”, however, in light of his recent comments it appears equality must start from the top of English Football.

Scudamore’s former PA told the Sunday Mirror his emails were sent to her automatically during her time working under Scudamore, who earns £1 million a year, so she could arrange his diary.

During her interview she describes Scudamore as a man who, “has no respect for women,” before declaring, “I don’t think anyone should have to be exposed to such language and opinions at work.

“It was highly offensive. The emails portrayed women in a very derogatory manner. I have worked for very professional organisations and never seen anything like it. That’s why it shocked me.”

The Premier League have responded to the comments in surprisingly blasé fashion with one source explaining: “Richard realises his comments were inappropriate and wrong but they were not intended for wider recipients. It was meant in a Frankie Howerd style way. His commitment to the equality agenda and anti-discrimination is writ large.”

The football chief and father of five who lives with his wife Catherine in a £1.8million home in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, released a statement apologising for the e-mails and declared that, ‘It was an error of judgement that I will not make again’.  

A spokesman for Kick It Out, the sport’s equality and inclusion campaign sponsored by the Premier League, said, “Every employing organisation should have a disciplinary code covering staff conduct, and follow due process at all times when there is an allegation of sexist behaviour.” 

With pressure increasing on Scudamore, it is likely he could face serious sanctions for his comments.

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