One of the biggest days in the British sporting calendar is upon us: the FA Cup final.
The season’s final will take place before the end of the Premier League season for the first time since 2013, with a limited number of fans allowed to watch from the stands.
Yet, as football lovers across the UK gear up for the exciting event, one group has taken the opportunity to raise awareness for an important issue: sexism in the sport.
“Her Game Too” was one of the top trends on Twitter on the morning of the big game, in promotion of a new campaign to raise awareness of sexist abuse within the sport.
The women behind the hashtag posted a video in which they each raised signs sharing examples of misogynistic and ignorant messages they had received.
“You don’t know football. You’re just a stupid bint,” the first read.
“Women’s opinion on football = invalid,” said another.
“Get back to the kitchen,” read a third.
Others included: “You only go to football for male attention;” “Do you even know the offside rule?”; “You can’t comment. It’s a man’s game;” and “You know a lot about football for a girl.”
The clip racked up more than 140,000 views, 4,800 likes and 2,500 retweets in just two hours, with viewers quick to offer their backing to the movement.
A number of the video’s participants shared their joy at the traction they were getting, hailing the “overwhelming support” they had received in such a short period of time.
Here’s what people using the hashtag “#HerGameToo” had to say:
Of course, there were the inevitable trolls, but they soon got called out:
All we can say is, which ever team’s crowned victor this afternoon, the success of “Her Game Too” is a win for everybody.