So what have you made of the sacking of Andy Gray over sexist comments? It started last Saturday when he and Richard Keys suggested that Sian Massey needed the offside rule explained to her, and ended today when other suggestive comments he'd made came to light. There's lots online about it if you missed the details.
Some say that women need to get a sense of humour. I think comments like this are very revealing, but hardly surprising when 98% of the FA council and all of its main board are male. A study by Stephen Bradbury of Loughborough University concluded that 'there is a deeply masculine culture, and overt and casual sexism inherent within the men's game,' and Uefa have descibed football as an 'institutionally sexist old boys' club.' I have little interest in football myself but 150,000 women and girls play football in FA affiliated competitions, 20,000 women have attained the FA coaching badge, there are 853 active female referees registered with the FA in England and 42% of children in the FA Tesco Skills programme are girls. Why shouldn't women have the opportunity to contribute to that world in different ways if they are skilled for it?
One pleasing outcome of the sexism row is that the FA had lots of call from women wanting to find out how they can become referees. I think that's a brilliant response to sexism whether you find it in football, church, your family or the workplace - not to be defeated by it, but rather to be determined to continue with what you feel called to. How do you respond to sexist comments?