FA may charge 'sexist' Newell

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The Football Association will be looking into remarks made by the Luton Town manager, Mike Newell, attacking the appointment of female officials for matches as "political correctness". Newell could face a disrepute charge as a result.

Newell reacted angrily to decisions made by the assistant referee, Amy Rayner, during Luton's 3-2 home defeat by Queen's Park Rangers on Saturday.

"She should not be here," he said. "I know that sounds sexist, but I am sexist, so I am not going to be anything other than that.

"We have a problem in this country with political correctness, and bringing women into the game is not the way to improve refereeing and officialdom. When do we reach a stage when all officials are women, because then we are in trouble?

"It is bad enough with the incapable referees and linesmen we have, but if you start bringing in women, you have big problems. This is Championship football. This is not park football, so what are women doing here? It is tokenism, for the politically correct idiots."

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