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.
“It’s a man’s game”
“men on it”
Get the ? what a shame to say after the summer this country just experienced.
— Bethany England (@Bethany_Eng15) August 14, 2022
Awkward Turtles, Graeme Souness, speaking on “it’s a men’s game again”, sat next to an English centurion Karen Carney two weeks later @lionesses end a 56-year wait and win the European Championship.
Come on. it’s not ok
— Eniola Aluko (@EniAlu) August 14, 2022
Souness was sitting next to a woman and he said “It’s a men’s game again” ????????
— Marrotti (@AliquamScripto) August 14, 2022
Souness (literally sitting next to a lionesses legend): IT’S A MAN’S GAME
— Adam Boultwood (@adamboultwood) August 14, 2022
Does anyone else find it bizarre how Souness keeps mentioning men with a professional soccer player next to them?
boys stay boys
Why is that damn dinosaur still on the air?
— Ciaran Rigney (@Rigknee) August 14, 2022
Talking to Graeme Souness about football being a man’s sport is crass at the best of times, but to do it while he’s sitting next to a woman… an appalling display of disrespect.
And let’s not even get into that weird Messi comment.
— Sachin Nakrani (@SachinNakrani) August 14, 2022
“men on it”
“type by type”
Souness comments on the game
— Moe (@realmodmoe2) August 14, 2022
Of course, while some complain about “wokeism” or talk about “snowflakes” or other nonsense, it felt very much like the comments about “human play” were unnecessary and seemed repeated to make an argument. especially with the one sitting next to him.
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.
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.