LONDON: Doubt is growing within English football about Richard Scudamore being able to ride out the storm over his so-called “sexist emails.”
Scudamore, who has led the Premier League explosion as chief executive, has apologised for comments made in private emails after details were revealed by the Sunday Mirror last weekend.
However England women’s goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis has joined the criticism, saying says that the emails were an “insult to all women”.
Simultaneously, senior officials of league sponsor Barclays were reported to have expressed their unease.
Everton goalkeeper Brown-Finnis, who has 82 England caps, told BBC Sport: “It’s zero defence for me. Private emails when are you head of the Premier League don’t really exist.
“Is a sorry enough? Probably not, but I do think the way to move forward is for the Premier League to follow their protocols just like they would with other employees and I’m sure they have policies which would sanction him appropriately for his misconduct.
“It’s not just about women who are involved in football, it was an insult to all women,” said Brown-Finnis. “However jokey he was trying to be with that, it’s just totally unacceptable in this day and age.”
Edward Lord, one of the Football Association’s anti-discrimination adviser, has also described Scudamore’s role as looking “untenable”.
The discrimination charity Kick It Out said that “an apology is not enough” while Heather Rabbatts, FA director and head of the Inclusion Advisory Board, suggested the Premier League should give “serious consideration” to Scudamore’s position.
A Premier League panel will meet on Monday to decide whether he should face action.
The FA’s IAB is also set to meet to discuss the issue, although FA chairman Greg Dyke, who has described the emails as “totally inappropriate”, said his organisation will not take disciplinary action as the comments were made privately.