Thursday 8 December 2016

Red card for sport dinosaurs

Martin O'Neill and Jose Mourinho are no fools - but they do share a strangely hard-to-shake mentality in the spirit of football's 1970s locker-room

Joe O'Shea

Published 12/06/2016 | 02:30

Court: Former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro won her case over unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination this week.
Court: Former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro won her case over unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination this week.
Martin O'Neill

Donald Trump may rage at this age of 'political correctness', targeting the feminazis and liberal wimps who will not allow men to be men.

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But it must cheer The Donald (soon to grace us with his presence in Ireland) that there is still some corner of a sports field (and putting green) that is forever macho, at least one part of modern society where male millionaires can make jokes about "queers" or call a woman doctor and subordinate "child of a whore". And expect to get away with it.

Professional football and sport in general is one of the last natural habitats of what were once called male chauvinist pigs, the brash, blunt, locker-room boors who stopped paying attention to societal conventions sometime around their first schoolboy success in 1974.

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