Arsenal: Club criticised after forming all-male Advisory Board on women’s football

Arsenal have been criticised after forming an all-male Advisory Board which will engage and consult fans on key issues relating to the club, including the growth of women’s football

Arsenal have been criticised after forming an all-male Advisory Board which will engage and consult fans on key issues relating to the club, including the growth of women’s football.

The Advisory Board, formed of fan representatives and Arsenal executives, met for the first time earlier this week.

According to the club, the Advisory Board will engage and consult fans on key strategic issues, including the preservation of Arsenal’s culture and traditions, work on diversity and inclusivity, and the development of revenues to maximise investment in players.

They will also work on the growth of the profiles of Arsenal Women and women’s football more generally.

Arsenal Board director Tim Lewes, chief executive Vinai Venkatesham and director Josh Kroenke were photographed attending the meeting, alongside the Advisory Board members.

After the photograph was shared on Arsenal’s Twitter account, several social media users pointed out a notable absence from the Advisory Board – no women are included.

Women in Football chief executive Jane Purdon shared the photo with the caption: "I think there's some people they forgot to invite."

Purdon was in even more disbelief when she was informed a representative from the official Arsenal Women supporters' club had not been invited to join the Advisory Board.

Another Twitter user wrote: "A board to discuss women's football, diversity, and inclusivity that doesn't include any WOMEN and predominantly all white men. Do better, Arsenal."

Arsenal have been one of the leading lights in women’s football since 1987. The club boasts the most successful women’s team in history.

Since their formation, Arsenal Women have won 15 League titles, 14 FA Women's Cup, 5 FA WSL Cups, 10 Women's Premier League Cups and 5 FA Women's Community Shield.

They are also the only British club to win the UEFA Women's Champions League.

Arsenal are currently flying in the Women’s Super League, winning all five of their matches so far in dominant fashion. They sit top of the table with 15 points.

Although Arsenal have often been seen as the club setting the standard in women’s football, they have made a significant error by not including any women in their new Advisory Board.

It would not be surprising to see this corrected, especially after social media users showed they were not impressed with such an obvious omission.

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