BBC Sport – David Cameron: Politics would not tolerate sexist emails

Prime Minister David Cameron says a member of his cabinet would not survive had they admitted to sending

sexist emails like Richard Scudamore. 

A Premier League committee is looking into the conduct of chief executive Scudamore, 54.

When asked whether a member of his own team would survive something similar in politics, Cameron said not.

“No, I don’t think they would. We have to set and keep high standards in politics,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.

How the Richard Scudamore controversy unfolded

  • Sunday, 11 May

    – Sunday Mirror publishes sexist comments in private emails to friends, which were given to the paper by Scudamore’s former personal assistant.
  • Wednesday, 14 May

    – It emerges the Premier League’s audit and remuneration committee, led by Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, will meet next week to discuss the issue
  • Friday, 16 May

    – England women’s goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis says that the emails are an “insult to all women”.
  • Saturday, 17 May

    – Heather Rabbatts, a member of the Football Association board, urges Scudamore to give “serious consideration” to his position as Premier League chief executive.
  • Sunday, 18 May

    – Sunday Mirror publishes more claims by former personal assistant Rani Abraham, explaining why she blew the whistle
  • Monday, 19 May

    – Premier League audit and remuneration committee hearing

“I have tried to enforce that in my own party over a number of years. I haven’t seen the specific emails, but people should treat everybody else with respect.”

The emails referred to women in derogatory terms and also contained sexual innuendos and jokes about “female irrationality”.

Scudamore has apologised for his remarks, but there have been calls for him to

consider his position

at the organisation he has led since 1999.

The Premier League audit and remuneration committee hearing into the emails will be chaired by Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck.

Football Association board member Heather Rabbatts is among those to have criticised Scudamore, and accused the Premier League of having a

“closed culture of sexism”.

In response, a Premier League statement read: “We do not recognise this characterisation of the working environment at the Premier League, nor do we believe that it can be supported by the facts.

“The chief executive has already apologised for any offence caused and a proper review of all the evidence is now under way within the Premier League’s established and rigorous procedures.

“This process is not yet concluded and it is therefore not possible to offer comments in detail at this stage. However, we will make a further statement in due course.

“The Premier League continues to be fully committed to treating all staff fairly and on merit, regardless of gender.”

Rabbatts will also chair a meeting of the FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board on Tuesday to look at the issue.

Rani Abraham

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Richard Scudamore’s former personal assistant Rani Abraham: “I felt humiliated” – clip courtesy ITV Good Morning Britain

Meanwhile, the woman who publicly revealed the emails sent by Scudamore

said she was “humiliated, belittled and disgusted” 

when reading the messages.

Rani Abraham, who worked as a temporary personal assistant for Scudamore between September and November 2013, told the Sunday Mirror: “This is not the sort of thing that goes on in offices these days.”

On Monday, while appearing on ITV’s GMB programme, she she called for his resignation.

Scudamore has said the emails were “private” correspondence but Abraham has claimed they were sent from a Premier League account she had access to as the chief executive’s PA.

Barclays, the Premier League sponsor, has already expressed its disappointment in the emails.

FA chairman Greg Dyke said they were “unacceptable” and “pretty horrible” but said his organisation would not take action because they were private messages.

19 May 2014 | 5:12 pm – Source:

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