Richard Scudamore 'Should Consider' Premier League Position, Says Rabbatts

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Richard Scudamore 'Should Consider' Premier League Position, Says Rabbatts
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Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has come under pressure from Football Association board member Heather Rabbatts to consider his position after his sending of alleged sexist emails.

Matthew Drake of the Sunday Mirror reported last weekend that the Premier League chief made a number of derogatory comments about women in emails.

Scudamore apologised immediately for his actions, as Dan Lucas of the Guardian reported.

The Premier League chief is quoted as saying:

These were private emails exchanged between colleagues and friends of many years.

They were received from and sent to my private and confidential email address, which a temporary employee who was with the organisation for only a matter of weeks should not have accessed and was under no instruction to do so.

Nonetheless I accept the contents are inappropriate and apologise for any offence caused, particularly to the former employee. It was an error of judgment that I will not make again.

However, the pressure on Scudamore to consider his future at the head of the Premier League has come under scrutiny throughout the week.

And now FA board member Rabbatts has called on the top-flight chief executive to consider his position, as BBC Sport reported.

Rabbatts is quoted as saying:

No one can doubt the tremendous achievements of the Premier League in creating one of the world's great footballing competitions.

But with that success and the massive public interest it generates comes the obligation to behave responsibly and have in place proper lines of accountability and good governance.

Sadly recent events appear to show these things are currently lacking in the administration of the Premier League, and indeed there is growing evidence of a closed culture of sexism, symbolised in the email exchanges which have been made public.

It is increasingly clear that steps are needed as a matter of urgency to review governance at the Premier League with a view to improving accountability and tackling head on a culture that demeans women and seems to discourage their involvement in the game's administration.

These challenges go beyond the current situation of chief executive Richard Scudamore, however if the League are to move forward in a positive way then he and they should give serious consideration to his position in the coming days.

Earlier this week, Ben Rumsby of the Daily Telegraph reported that Scudamore was facing a formal investigation into the emails.

And Andy Hodgson of the London Evening Standard noted that FA chairman Greg Dyke had described the emails as "totally unacceptable."

Dyke was quoted as saying:

In terms of FA disciplinary policy we, as the FA, could have considered taking action had Mr Scudamore’s statements been made in the public arena.

However our policy has always been that we do not consider something stated in a private email communication to amount to professional misconduct.

We do, however, consider the content of the emails to be totally inappropriate.

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