May 17, 2022






Company walked out of a Scottish soccer awards ceremony that honoured Sir Alex Ferguson final evening after a keynote speaker allegedly made ‘sexist, racist and homophobic jokes’.

BBC presenter Eilidh Barbour and Ladies in Journalism Scotland co-chair Gabriella Bennett led a protest walkout on the Scottish Soccer Writers’ Affiliation (SFWA) awards in Glasgow yesterday.

Although they haven’t named the keynote speaker, it’s understood that Invoice Copeland, a Scottish legal barrister-turned after-dinner speaker, is accused of constructing allegedly ‘sickening’ remarks about ladies, homosexuality and the Japanese.

Company current claimed that the lawyer had used the phrase ‘p**f’ whereas joking about his personal father being homophobic. Additionally they advised The Telegraph that he used the phrase ‘N*p’, allegedly in reference to Celtic signing three Japanese gamers in January.

Following a Twitter backlash, a consultant for Mr Copeland and the SFWA each apologised for any offence prompted.

Kick It Out and Ladies In Soccer launched a joint assertion condemning the remarks, saying the SFWA awards evening ‘shouldn’t be used as a platform to share derogatory and discriminatory feedback and make these teams and communities really feel excluded and insulted’.

Kick It Out and Ladies In Soccer launched a joint assertion condemning the remarks, saying the SFWA awards evening ‘shouldn’t be used as a platform to share derogatory and discriminatory feedback and make these teams and communities really feel excluded and insulted’.

Ms Barbour tweeted: ‘By no means felt so unwelcome within the trade I work in than sitting on the Scottish Soccer Writers Awards. 

‘An enormous reminder there’s nonetheless a lot to do in making our sport an equal place #callitout #equalgame’. 

Replying on Twitter, Ms Bennett added: ‘I used to be at these awards tonight and sat by means of the identical sexist and racist jokes made by a keynote speaker. My desk walked out on the identical time Eilidh’s did’.

Eilidh Barbour pictured reporting for STV Scottish Television
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Eilidh Barbour pictured reporting for STV Scottish Tv

It is alleged that ex-criminal barrister Bill Copeland made 'sexist, racist and homophobic remarks' as keynote speaker. A representative for Mr Copeland told MailOnline that he was sorry for any offence caused by his remarks

It’s alleged that ex-criminal barrister Invoice Copeland made ‘sexist, racist and homophobic remarks’ as keynote speaker. A consultant for Mr Copeland advised MailOnline that he was sorry for any offence attributable to his remarks

BBC presenter Eilidh Barbour tweeted: 'Never felt so unwelcome in the industry I work in than sitting at the Scottish Football Writers Awards. A huge reminder there is still so much to do in making our game an equal place #callitout #equalgame'

BBC presenter Eilidh Barbour tweeted: ‘By no means felt so unwelcome within the trade I work in than sitting on the Scottish Soccer Writers Awards. An enormous reminder there’s nonetheless a lot to do in making our sport an equal place #callitout #equalgame’

Women in Journalism Scotland co-chair Gabriella Bennett added: 'I was at these awards tonight and sat through the same sexist and racist jokes made by a keynote speaker. My table walked out at the same time Eilidh's did'

Ladies in Journalism Scotland co-chair Gabriella Bennett added: ‘I used to be at these awards tonight and sat by means of the identical sexist and racist jokes made by a keynote speaker. My desk walked out on the identical time Eilidh’s did’

Chatting with BBC Radio Scotland at the moment, Mr Bennet mentioned she was ‘sickened’ by Mr Copeland’s remarks. 

‘Final evening’s speech was actually next-level. I walked out after about 5 minutes of perhaps a 20-minute speech. And inside these 5 minutes, it was rammed with sexist jokes,’ she mentioned.

‘And my desk stood as much as depart, and I noticed Eilidh Barbour and folks on her desk stand as much as depart. However it’s additionally value declaring that there have been a great deal of folks laughing at these jokes.’

Had been YOU on the awards ceremony? 

In a press release, the SFWA mentioned: ‘The Scottish Soccer Writers’ Affiliation apologises to anybody offended or upset by materials from one among our after-dinner audio system ultimately evening’s annual awards dinner.  

‘We’ve agreed unanimously that it will act as a catalyst to evaluation and enhance the format of our future occasions to make it an pleasant and inspirational occasion for all.’ 

In a joint assertion, Kick It Out and Ladies In Soccer mentioned: ‘We’ve been made conscious of sexist, racist and homophobic remarks made on the Scottish Soccer Writers’ Awards final evening, throughout an after-dinner speech.

‘Ladies face sexism and misogyny in society, and that is usually exacerbated after they play a task in soccer and different sports activities – whether or not they’re a participant, a pundit or a fan. That should change.

‘Racism and homophobia proceed to be a stain on the sport, and we should proceed to problem it and eradicate it. There isn’t any place for any type of discrimination, in sport or wherever else.

‘Occasions that remember expertise in our sport ought to be a time to deal with the positives and all of the individuals who have performed their half in pushing soccer ahead.

‘It shouldn’t be used as a platform to share derogatory and discriminatory feedback and make teams and communities really feel excluded and insulted. We count on higher and we demand higher.

‘The actual fact we now have been made conscious by these in attendance that they felt unwelcome in an trade they work in is unacceptable, and we stand with them.

‘We acknowledge the apology issued by the Scottish Soccer Writers’ Affiliation and stay up for their promised evaluation of future occasions. Within the meantime we can be reaching out to know the total particulars and provide our assist to these affected.’

Ex-Manchester United and Aberdeen supervisor Sir Alex was among the many attendees on the ceremony in Glasgow, at which he collected the SFWA’s Lifetime Achievement award. 

MailOnline has additionally contacted Ms Barbour, Ms Bennett and the SFWA for additional remark.

It’s not the primary soccer awards ceremony to have been engulfed by sexism and racism storms.

At a PFA dinner in 1997, soccer agent Rachel Anderson was banned from attending what was then a men-only occasion.

After being refused entry on the evening of the ceremony, she duly took the PFA to court docket and received.

On the identical dinner in 2013, black comic Reginald D Hunter repeatedly used the N-word and made jokes about Jews and ladies. Then-PFA chairman Clark Carlisle admitted afterwards that he and his colleagues had made a ‘gross error of judgment’ in reserving Hunter.

Had been YOU on the awards? E-mail [email protected] 





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