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19th Feb 2022

Outrage as ‘women in football’ ceremony celebrated by all-male panel

Sarah McKenna Barry

The event was held to mark a historic women’s match, but no female representatives were seen in the photos.

An event held to celebrate women in football is receiving backlash for not having any female representatives at the ceremony.

As The National reports, a plaque was presented to mark the 50th anniversary of the first ever women’s team match between England and Scotland, which took place on Saturday 18 November 1972.

At the commemoration event, which took place on 11 February, Paul McNeil, of the Scottish Football Association presented the plaque to Tommy Sutherland, who is the club chairman for Greenlock Juniors Football Club, and to Jim Laughrey, who is a player and supporter of the club.

The event was also attended by Councillor Tommy McVey and Stuart McMillan, a member of Scottish Parliament.

The club added that there will be a formal unveiling of the plaque at a later date, and they said that the commemoration will be celebrated with an U15 girls match between Scotland and England at the Ravenscraig Stadium in May.

While some welcomed the plaque celebrating the historic women’s match, many took to Twitter to express that it was frustrating that there were no female representatives at the initial ceremony.

One commenter on social media wrote: “It’s great that the historic occasion is being recognised, but it would have been good to have had some local girls or woman footballers involved in the photo op?”

Another wrote: “I adore the folk in this pic, but it’s a great example of the blind male privilege. So many amazing women that could have been in these photos to celebrate this history. There is no excuses here, just lack of equality.”

A third said: “No actual women were available for this photo opp? Were they even asked?”

Someone else said that the photo opportunity exhibited a “complete lack of self-awareness”.