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Premier League decision shows lack of equality

The Premier League’s decision to refuse permission to move the West Ham v Southampton game to a 12.30 pm kick off on 4th May shows a lack of equality with the Women’s game.

The Premier League pretends to care about equality with the women’s game but in reality, TV companies around the world who bring in billions are the real masters.

The same goes for the Football Association who first scheduled the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on the same day as men’s Premier League games. The FA Cup prize money of just £5,000 is paultry coupled with an unfair ticket revenue sharing model for the final.

Both these football bodies could do something if they really wanted to, but they won’t because they don’t care about the Women’s game.

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If you disagree with the Premier League’s decision you could always write to the Managing Director Richard Master at rmasters@premierleague.com

and/or the new FA CEO Mark Bullingham at mark.bullingham@thefa.com

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

10 comments on “Premier League decision shows lack of equality

  1. surely we can get from the london stadium to wembly in time. anyone know how

    • You have absolutely no chance. If you see the end of the game at the LS you won’t be at Stratford station before kick off at Wembley with the ques and the jubilee line from Stratford to Wembley takes 53 minutes. You might see the 2nd half at best.

  2. Jubilee line straight to Wembley park. Leave men’s game 10 to 15 mins early. Not ideal but only way you will get to see most of both games.

  3. I can see why they have asked for the change but I am one of the fans that the premier league cite. My pre-booked and unchangeable rail ticket wouldn’t get me to the game on time for the proposed new kick off leaving me and my son £80 out of pocket for the rail tickets and then having to pay twice that to get a ticket with such a short time to the match. The rail companies need to be more flexible but they aren’t. I waited until all the announcements for live tv to book my tickets had happened so if this had been changed afterwards I wouldn’t have been pleased. I am sure I can’t be the only one who have planned their day in this way

  4. What a statement that is, lack quality. It’s nothing to do with that, for once consideration has been shown to fans that have made arrangements for a 3 pm K.O, at the LS.
    I wish the West Ham Ladies all the luck for the final, but because I’m not interested in watching it, does that lack quality, it’s unfortunate that their going to clash, but that’s the way it is.The women’s game is getting plenty of coverage, with games being shown live, women’s pundits, women’s MOTD Sunday nights. If you want to go to Wembley then go, and have a great day, if it’s not your bag, does lack quality?

  5. The problem is with the original scheduling. Does nobody at the FA have a fixture list to look at? Why not one game on Saturday and the other on Sunday? Or the next weekend? Wonder what would happen if it was MAN UTD?

  6. I don’t like making this about equality. If that’s the issue, the women’s matches should be shown live every weekend with a MOTD highlights programme, equal money, top women’s players should be going for 100 million. If the women’s game was every bit as popular as the men’s, then of course those arguments are valid.

    Aside from the equality buzzword, the simple fact is, the FA, the media etc are trying to increase the popularity of women’s football and yet were so short-sighted that they scheduled the FA Cup final to clash with a round of Premier League fixtures, and while the prize money should be nowhere near the men’s equivalent, £5000 to win and no revenue share is barely even a token gesture. Surely a brand sponsor could have been found to finance some decent prize money and in the process gain some good press for the company?

  7. Bang on right fella.John Rippingale

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