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07th Dec 2023

Laura Woods hits back after Joey Barton says women shouldn’t speak on men’s football

Callum Boyle

‘Usually avoid these conversations’

Laura Woods has hit back at Joey Barton after he doubled down on comments in which he stated that women shouldn’t commentate on men’s football.

Barton has posted a series of thoughts on X in which he has repeatedly called for women to stop commentating and analysing men’s football. In his first tweet he said:

“Women shouldn’t be talking with any kind of authority in the men’s game. Come on. Let’s be serious. It’s a completely different game. If you don’t accept that. We will always see things differently. The women’s game is thriving. Fantastic to see. I cannot take a thing they say serious in the men’s arena.”

He followed up this original tweet with another, saying: “Any man who sits and engages with them in this regard has sold out. The game is about levels. Most men’s opinion has little value. Never mind anyone else…”

The former Bristol Rovers boss then followed that up with another tweet that added: “Stand by everything I’ve said on Women commenting and co-comms on the Men’s football. Like me talking about Knitting or Netball. Way out of my comfort zone. Some of the men are bad enough!

“We have gone too far. You cannot watch a game now without hearing the nonsense. Any man who says otherwise is an absolute fart parcel.”

Laura Woods gives her take

Laura Woods then followed this up by saying: “Joey’s entitled to his opinion.

“If he feels that strongly about women in the men’s game he could ask for a private conversation with the broadcasters & state his case. These tweets only encourage a pile on for the women getting on with their jobs. Or was that the intention?”

Many others agreed with Woods, with one user writing: “Out of all the pundits I’ve listened to recently, find Emma Hayes the most knowledgable on the game, so I guess that makes me a fart parcel.”

Another said: “Yeah! I mean with Alex Scott in particular, other than her degree in Professional Sports Writing and Broadcasting, extensive playing career and lengthy TV experience, what justification could there possibly be for her fronting shows about the men’s game?”

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