Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Whatever happened to the 'Outwit Ore' quiz on Saturday's MOTD Kickabout? And did Ore actually complete his forfeit of doing Iain Stirling's makeup for a week? I'm guessing that, after losing on the first two shows, Ore simply decided to ditch that section and not bother with the forfeit. Anyway, Sonali will be presenting Kickabout next Saturday.

Football was the top story on Newsround at 5pm yesterday. It was about the row over what will happen to the Olympic stadium after the 2012 games. If Spurs purchase the stadium they plan to bulldoze it and build a new one in its place. But that would contravene a promise made when London originally applied to host the Olympics. Lord Coe said we ought to be very careful about potentially trashing our international reputation.

The second Newsround story was also about a football controversy -

Sonali: Now to the footie comments that have got loads of people's blood boiling.

Ricky: Richard Keys and Andy Gray, here they are, are two of the best known Sky Sports presenters

Sonali: But over the weekend they were overheard saying someone needed to teach this assistant referee, Sian Massey, the offside rule because she's a girl. Listen carefully to this.

(recording of Sky presenters) Richard Keys: Somebody better get down there and explain offside to her. Andy Gray: Yeah, I know. Can you believe that, female linesman! That's exactly what I said. Women don't know the offside rule. Richard Keys: Course they don't.

Sexist remarks are unfortunately nothing new in football. A few years ago Newsround reported that Luton Town boss Mike Newell was in trouble for saying that female referees and linesmen shouldn't be involved in matches. At the time Newsround quoted Newell: "It is bad enough with the incapable referees and linesmen we have, but if you start bringing in women you have big problems." Then Newsround had the effrontery to ask "But is he right?"

They really should have known better than to ask such foolish questions, and this time round they didn't. Perhaps CBBC is learning a thing or two from Newsround Blog - like this entry on 14 November 2006.

However, with LGBT History Month only a week away, unfortunately it's looking less and less likely that Newsround or MOTD Kickabout will have anything to say about homophobic prejudice which has blighted footie for so long.

No comments: