Fans slam ‘sexist’ Glenn Hoddle and Joe Cole after praising female ref for ‘keeping up with the men’ and suggesting VAR wasn’t used in Super Cup to protect her


    GLENN HODDLE and Joe Cole have been slammed for “sexist” comments made about the female referee who took charge of the Uefa Super Cup final Chelsea and Liverpool.

    Former England manager Hoddle, 61, and ex-Blues midfielder Cole, 37, were perceived to have made disparaging comments concerning Stephanie Frappart – who made history by becoming the first female to take charge of a major Uefa men’s final.

    Frappart received a lot of praise for her history making performance
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    However Glenn Hoddle has been slammed online for perceived sexist comments made about her
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    And Joe Cole was also criticised online for suggesting a female referee influenced VAR
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    The pair were studio guests during BT Sport’s coverage of the match in Istanbul but many fans were unimpressed with their take on history making Frappart.

    Hoddle said Frappart, 35, had “done well” to keep up with the men for 120 minutes after the game went to extra time.

    While Cole hinted VAR was not used on occasion as officials did not want to overrule Frappart because she was female.

    Fans online were quick to criticise as one tweeted: “Is Glenn Hoddle really congratulating the ref for running for 120 minutes? What a b***end.”

    While another, in reference to why Hoddle was sacked as England manager, added: “Glenn Hoddle probably assumed she’d been reincarnated as a female ref for committing sins in a previous life.”

    Peter O’Brien called the former Spurs midfielder condescending before others took aim at BT Sport over their choice of pundits.

    Bonbarlos tweeted: “Ooh it was all going so well until they asked Glenn Hoddle about the female ref.”

    Before Mike Underwood said: “BT Sport seriously need to think about their teams.”


    While Hoddle got the brunt of the abuse, Cole did not get away lightly.

    One account tweeted: “Joe Cole insinuating VAR didn’t overrule the ref because she’s a woman. Poor from him.”

    Jimmy McBride suggested BT couldn’t wait to get Cole off air while @SolerosandFabs called him a “football dinosaur”.

    Despite a backlash on Twitter, the BT Sport pundits were overwhelmingly full of praise for Frappart’s officiating of the Super Cup.

    Frappart is regarded as the best female official on the planet and took charge of the Women’s World Cup Final earlier this year.

    In April, she became the first female ref to take charge of a Ligue 1 match when she officiated a game between Amiens and Strasbourg.

    Only last month Frappart insisted she was solely focused on establishing herself in France.

    Asked if she dreamed of taking charge of a men’s Champions League game, she said: “I have already climbed a few steps.

    “The next step for me is to integrate well in Ligue 1. It’s not easy, we are challenged every game.”

    Stephanie Frappart – Road to the top

    2011 – Refereed her first professional men’s game in the French third division

    2014 – Became the first female referee to take charge of a Ligue 2 men’s game

    2015 – Officiated at the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada

    April 2019 – Refereed her first top flight men’s game at the Ligue 1 match between Amiens and Strasbourg

    July 2019 – Took charge of the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup final in France between USA and Netherlands

    August 2019 – Refereed the 2019 Uefa Super Cup men’s final between Liverpool and Chelsea

    Before the flagship match took place, Jurgen Klopp promised his mum he would be on best behaviour for Frappart’s big night.

    Cole only joined BT Sport as a pundit on August 1 and fans were surprised by such out of character remarks.

    The ex-England international has close ties to both Liverpool and Chelsea having played for both teams – while he maintains a close friendship with Blues’ boss Frank Lampard having played together in West London and before at West Ham.

    Cole still works at Chelsea and will juggle his new punditry role with his part-time job as a youth coach at his old club.

    Ex-West Ham keeper Adrian was the hero last night as Liverpool overcame the Blues on penalties after a 2-2 draw at the end of extra time.

    Goals from Sadio Mane and Olivier Giroud saw the game finish 1-1 in normal time before Mane struck again five minutes into extra time only for it to be cancelled out by Jorginho’s penalty.

    And in dramatic fashion, Liverpool’s newbie keeper saved Tammy Abrahams’ penalty to hand the Reds a 5-4 spot-kicks win.

    Stephanie Frappart is considered the best female official in the world
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