Wednesday 11 December 2019

'Humiliated and ashamed' - Female footballer accuses ref of asking her out on a date during a game

Santiago Quijada Alcon sends off a Sporting Huelva player Twitter / Sporting Huelva
Santiago Quijada Alcon sends off a Sporting Huelva player Twitter / Sporting Huelva

Mark Critchley

A female footballer in Spain has complained that a male referee asked her out on a date during a Women's Primera División game.

Elena Pavel, who plays for Sporting Huelva, claimed that referee Santiago Quijada Alcon, who officiated her side’s 3-2 defeat to Santa Teresa on Sunday, propositioned her by asking: "Hey brown-hair, let's get coffee this afternoon."

According to a report by The Local, the 31-year-old replied, “Better stick to blowing your whistle” and later told news agency Efe that she believed Alcon was attempting to provoke her.

“I’ve stopped believing in football, in fair play,” she said.

"I feel helpless, humiliated. In the many years I’ve been playing football I’ve never felt so ashamed."

Pavel also criticised Alcon’s general performance, after he sent off two Huelva players and rejected vociferous claims for a penalty.

The incident comes after cricketer Chris Gayle controversially propositioned a female reporter live on television during Australian Big Bash League match between Melbourne Renegades and Hobart Hurricanes earlier this month.

(© Independent News Service)

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