Simon Jordan and Piers Morgan have leapt to the defence of Graeme Souness after the Sky Sports pundit got here under fire for using the term “man’s game” following Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Tottenham on Sunday. Spurs stunned their hosts as they claimed some extent within the 96th minute of the match courtesy of an equaliser from Harry Kane.
The clash at Stamford Bridge, which followed Nottingham Forest’s 1-0 victory against West Ham, proved to be a raucous affair as each side battled for dominance. And after the match, Souness told viewers: “Referees are letting loads more go and it makes for a greater watch. We’ve all played the sport, with simulation and other people throwing themselves into the bottom.
“I haven’t seen that within the two games today. It’s a person’s game rapidly now.” He also insisted “boys might be boys” when asked concerning the bust-up between Blues manager Thomas Tuchel and Spurs boss Antonio Conte.
The comments drew criticism from an entire host of individuals, including Bethany England, who was an unused substitute when the England women’s team defeated Germany to lift the Euro 2022 trophy last month. “’It’s a person’s game’, ‘men at it,’” she wrote on Twitter. “Get within the bin, what a disgraceful thing to say after the summer this country has just seen.”
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But Jordan waded into the controversy on Monday morning to call out England. “Oh dear,” he wrote on Twitter. “Is that this what it’s come right down to. A person describing a game featuring men can’t apparently use the word men or man in conjugation with a game that featured solely men! Recover from yourself, you do equality and injustice!”
Morgan also shared Jordan’s stance as he made his views clear on Sunday evening courtesy of a sarcastic post on Twitter. “I’m outraged & disgusted that Graeme Souness used the words ‘man’s game’ when talking specifically about an incident in a person’s game played by two teams of men,” he penned. “Especially after we’ve all spent the past few weeks talking concerning the ‘women’s game.’”
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Tuchel and Conte were each shown a red card after the ultimate whistle at Stamford Bridge following a heated exchange between the pair as they shook hands.
The emphatic match saw Kalidou Koulibaly open the scoring for Chelsea with a surprising volley midway through the primary half. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg levelled for Spurs midway through the second period, before Reece James put the hosts ahead over again with 12 minutes remaining. But Spurs secured a share of the spoils as Kane turned in Ivan Perisic’s corner.