Graeme Souness said football is a ‘men’s game’ during Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur.

Graeme Souness was criticized on Sunday night after claiming Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur was a “men’s game” with Karen Carney sitting next to him in the studio.

Souness was in the Sky Sports studios in the afternoon as the two London sides faced off in the first game of the ‘Big Six’ of the new Premier League season.

Things really heated up in the second half as Chelsea twice felt Spurs goals shouldn’t have been allowed, including an injury-time equaliser.

After the game, the Scot was very excited, pointing out that all the trouble had been very manly, saying: “It’s a men’s game” and later “we’ve got our football back, men who are tackling it”, despite sitting next to Carney , who was capped 144 times by England Women during her career.

Also, the claim that we had “football back”, “men tackle” seemed particularly apt given what had been an excellent summer for women’s football.

There’s no doubt that the Liverpool legend would have liked to forget that England had any success in football, so perhaps he was just trying to get the Euros out of his head.

A man's game....(Image: Alamy)
A man’s game….(Image: Alamy)

The Lionesses truly captured the hearts of the nation when they defeated Germany in the final and ended 56 years without a major title in the country.

Souness hasn’t been the only man on TV to set foot in women’s football in the last two weeks, with Britain’s Good Morning’s Richard Madeley scoring not once, but twice.

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