Investigation reveals scale of sexist abuse facing women involved in football

A major investigation by journalists in the north of Scotland has revealed the level of sexism and abuse women face for playing football.

The investigation, appearing in the Press and Journal and The Courier newspapers, featured a comprehensive survey of 119 players, officials and fans.

It showed the levels of sexism being faced by those involved in women’s football.

Despite the great strides made by the women’s game, many players run the gauntlet of sexist hate, sexualised comments, homophobia, body shaming and even death threats with most of the abuse coming on social media, the investigation revealed.

The investigation included multiple data visualisations, presenting the results of the survey, both numerical answers and word-based ones too.

The investigation also revealed that sexist abuse has been normalised — with the majority of people taking no action to counter the hate, with many sadly feeling it was an everyday part of the modern game.

Writing on Linkedin, Richard Prest, head of content development at DC Thomson Media, said: “Their treatment has been shocking. However, our reports also reveal a determination from all involved not to be cowed by the trolls or to be pushed away from the game they love.”

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