The Football Association switchboard was inundated with calls yesterday. Andy Gray and Richard Keys may be interested to know that a high percentage of them were from women, asking how to qualify as a referee. "We've had lots of interest from women wanting to officiate," said Kelly Simmons, with a chuckle. As head of the national game, Simmons is at the fore as the FA attempts to make English football inclusive and resistant to discrimination of any sort.
Despite being "very disappointed" by the sexist comments that Keys and Gray directed at the assistant referee Sian Massey on Saturday, Simmons is delighted that the Sky Sports presenters' views on female officials not knowing the offside rule appear to be inspiring increasing numbers of women to prove them wrong. There are 853 active female referees registered with the FA and officiating throughout England, largely at grass-roots level. While they are outnumbered by more than 26,000 male referees, the FA hopes that the women's contingent includes a handful of budding Masseys.
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even if this is temporary it's a good thing. smh at newell though. mods tell me if I need to correct anything!