Northern Ireland women’s football coach Kenny Schills has apologized for criticizing female footballers for conceding too many goals in a matter of minutes “because they are more emotional than the players”. Chillis made the remarks after his side conceded five goals in the second half 27 minutes after losing 5-0 to England in Belfast in the 2023 World Cup qualifiers.
In women’s football, he said after the match, “If you notice for many years, if a team leaves a goal, they get a second goal in a short period of time.” “It happens in women’s sports because women and girls are more emotional than men, so they are not good at getting a goal.” This led to criticism from former England internationals Ian Wright and goalkeeper Sioban Chamberlain.
Chillis apologized Wednesday for his comments in a statement posted on the Northern Ireland Football Association’s website. “I want to apologize for the comments I made at the press conference after last night’s match. I’m sorry for the crime I committed,” the 65-year-old said. “I’m a lawyer for women’s sports and interested in fostering opportunities for women and girls.”
Wright, a former Arsenal and England striker, said, “He’s talking about how women get emotional! That guy did not see how many times I cried on the pitch!” Had tweeted that. In an interview with the BBC, the British Broadcasting Corporation said, “It’s not just in women’s sports, it’s in men, and it’s a bit strange to generalize this idea to women.
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