Chelsea have called for an end to sexism in football as footage is released of opposition fans abusing club doctor, Eva Carneiro.
Said footage was broadcast on BBC last night, quickly followed by a statement from a club spokesperson which read: “The issue of equality is one we take extremely seriously and we abhor discrimination in all its forms, including sexism. Such behaviour is unacceptable and we want it eradicated from the game.”
With International Women’s day approaching on March 8th, campaign group Women in Football is launching an ant-sexism drive in which they implore all professional clubs to champion their female members of staff.
Minister for Sport, Helen Grant is on board; “'It is absolutely right that we champion and celebrate women who work in the football industry and play vital roles in making the game the success that it is.”
Carneiro has been attached to Chelsea since 2009 as reserve team doctor, and only moved up to the first team in 2011; since then she has regularly been victim of abuse from opposing fans, often branded as ‘banter’.
Carolyn Radford, Chief Executive at Mansfield Town says that ‘banter’ is the issue; “You are almost made to feel if you should be made to tolerate such abuse. If it was racist language being chanted at me then perhaps people would say something about it, but because it is just banter, so to speak, I’ve got to flick my hair and just accept it.”
The social media campaign, lead by the hashtag, #SheBelongs. You can also report any sexist abuse through #ShameOnTheGame. The campaign is set to run through the month of March.