Richard Scudamore emails: PA ‘felt duty to speak out' over 'disgusting and vulgar' remarks
Rani Abraham says she feels the Premier League was now trying to turn the fire on her
Sunday 18 May 2014
The Premier League will consider on Monday whether its chief executive, Richard Scudamore, should face disciplinary action, after the whistleblower who exposed his sexist emails insisted she had a duty to speak out about his “disgusting and vulgar” remarks.
Rani Abraham, 41, a former law student who worked as Mr Scudamore’s personal assistant for two months last year, said she realised she may have jeopardised her career as a PA but said it was “a risk [she had] to take”.
The Premier League’s audit and remuneration committee will be presented with an internal report on the scandal on Monday, and will decide whether to recommend any action against Mr Scudamore, with the league’s shareholders having the final say.
Mr Scudamore was revealed to have joked about “female irrationality”, forwarded a “male fairy tale” about a prince who “banged skinny, big-titted broads”, and told a friend to keep a female colleague “off your shaft” in an exchange of golf-based innuendo. He also received an email from a friend in which women were referred to as “gash”.
Ms Abraham insists it was part of her job to look through his emails, but the Premier League is understood to be considering legal action over her leak of the messages to the Sunday Mirror.
Ms Abraham said it would have been easier simply to forget about the “disgusting, vulgar and very disrespectful” emails. But she added: “Mr Scudamore is paid a vast sum of money and has behaved wrongly. I felt I had a duty to speak out. If I didn’t, then I’d somehow be condoning his behaviour.”
Ms Abraham said she felt the Premier League was now “trying to turn the fire on me”. “That’s a pretty scary feeling,” she said. “I’m not some kind of hysterical feminist, I was just brought up to try to do the right thing.”
In a statement responding to her remarks, the Premier League said it did not recognise her “characterisation of [its] working environment”. “The chief executive has already apologised for any offence caused and a proper review of all the evidence is now under way. The Premier League continues to be fully committed to treating all staff fairly, regardless of gender.”
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