WHO says women referees can’t hack it?
As the fall-out continues over the ill-judged comments made by Andy Gray and Richard Keys about Assistant Referee Sian Massey, Britain’s biggest five and six-a-side football firm has announced its first ‘gold standard’ female ref. Gray was sacked with sidekick Keys following him out of a job a few days later, but Doncaster based ref Zoe Jones has proved she knows her stuff, passing an intricate induction course with flying colours.
Leisure Leagues refs chief Olly Hitchcox praised Sheffield University student Zoe saying: “We have plenty of female officials and all our leagues our open to players of all genders. That’s the way it should be – despite what Gray and Keys think.”
He also reported a rise in female referee applicants since the furore broke out. Zoe said: “I was absolutely thrilled when Olly told me I had achieved the highest mark of any woman.” She couldn’t resist a dig at Gray though: “We won’t have to worry about the offside rule in six-a-side, but I could definitely explain it to him…as long as I have enough nail polish bottles to represent the players!”
The league operates on Monday’s at Sheffield’s Concord Centre.