Female football pundit sparks sexism row by calling Fulham manager ‘total fox’

A female football pundit has sparked a sexism row after calling Fulham manager Scott Parker "a total fox".

Ex- Arsenal ladies star Heather O'Reilly, 35, was branded "inappropriate" after gushing over the 39-year-old dad-of-four on social media.

The mum-of-one Fox Sports analyst's tweet drew mixed reactions from fans who claimed feminists would be "calling for her head" if she was male.

She said: "I know I’m a married woman and I don’t mean any disrespect. But Scott Parker is total fox. #arsenal #fulham"

Many agreed with her and she replied "drip drip" after ex-England ladies star Eniola Aluko commented: "Thirsty."

Linda Gancitano wrote: “You are not kidding! Handsome!”

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Christine Diana added: “Very much yes.”

But others branded the ex-Arsenal Ladies star’s tweet “inappropriate”.

Arsenal fan Graham Williams told The Sun: “If Alan Shearer commented on how fit a woman footballer was, you’d have feminists storming the Match of the Day studio calling for his head.”

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Meanwhile, the Government has been urged to tackle "deeply misogynistic behaviours" in British sport.

Pontypridd MP Alex Davies-Jones told the Commons: “I am particularly concerned that fears around misogyny is having an impact on the number of women participating in sport.

“If we are to reduce misogyny and sexism within sport, then we must do more to encourage variety at the first opportunity. A huge part of this battle lies with us all – we all have a responsibility to call out misogyny and sexism.”

Women in Sport estimates 1.5 million fewer women than men participate in sport at least once a month.

The charity also reports on gender gaps in the number of women working in sport at every level.

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