Women do understand the offside rule
In the week when two veteran Sky Sports football commentators were sacked for linking a Premier League lineswoman’s knowledge of the offside rule to her gender (as well as many other comments that came to light subsequently), a new advertising campaign has been launched to combat sexism in football. Its focus is said offisde rule, a complicated and always controversial part of the game (if awarded against your team) for all football fans, regardless of gender.
To give you an idea, this is part of the explanation from Wikipedia:
Offside is a law in football which law states that if a player is in an offside position when the ball is touched or played by a team mate, he may not become actively involved in the play. A player is in an offside position if he is closer to the opponent’s goal line than both the ball and the second-to-last defender, but only if the player is on his opponent’s half of the pitch. Interpretation of the term “actively involved” is subject to debate.
Strange Random Football Quote:
- Andy Gray and Richard Keys have finally met their Waterloo. I’m glad | David Mitchell (guardian.co.uk)
- Can men understand the offside rule? (guardian.co.uk)
- Scoring points (bbc.co.uk)
- Sky Sports presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys say sorry after mocking lineswoman during Liverpool victory (telegraph.co.uk)
- Ex international hits out at sexism (thesun.co.uk)
- Crossing the sexism line (speedcommunications.com)