Female sports presenter responds to sexist abuse with thoroughly dispiriting analysis of attitudes in football

Women all over the world, take note: you may express an opinion about what to cook for dinner; which brand of washing up liquid is least drying to your skin and the lip colours that suit your skin tone.

Have an opinion about anything else, say Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez’s controversial Barcelona penalty on Sunday?

Sit down. That was the sad message given to BT Sport presenter Lynsey Hipgrave, when she received a barrage of abuse on twitter for calling the penalty “disrespectful” towards their opponents Celta Vigo.

Another said:

To the abuse, she responded:

Just a very small taster of what we have to put up with. The crime was being a woman and expressing an opinion.

Still a long way to go.

The UK is often touted as a bastion for social progress but quite frankly, her one-sentence analysis confirms that we do indeed have a long way to go.

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