Football Fans Spark Fury With Sexist List Of 'Rules' For Female Viewers
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Watch out everyone, men are at it again with what they think is top quality banter.
A side-splittingly hilarious Facebook group has come up with a list of rules for women to abide by during the upcoming Euros - including classics such as staying silent and serving up food on demand.
On a page titled 'It's Coming Home', which has over 80,000 followers, an eye-rolling list of rules were posted ahead of England's first match on Sunday.
The rules included: "When the Euros is on, the TV is mine. Corrie, EastEnders, Love Island and Hollyoaks can do one.
"I will most likely have a bet on so if you see me annoyed that one of my teams are losing don't you dare say - it's only a game, get over it, they'll win next time. This will result in the relationship ending.
"Don't ask me what the offside rule is.The answer will be you being out of the kitchen.
"If you hear me scream your name be ready to - get me drink, snack, new batteries for the remote."
The list clarified that a 'breach' in these demands they would be told to get out of the room and a subsequent violation 'would result in divorce.'
But the women who followed the 'It's Coming Home' page were left less than impressed, particularly by the thoroughly boring assumption that women don't like or have no knowledge about football.
Amy Clement, a 26-year-old football fan who is part of the Her Game Too campaign to make the sport safer for women supporters, said she was "furious" by the list.
"When I read the first line 'Rules for Women during Euros', I knew exactly what I was getting in for and I most definitely rolled my eyes," she said.
"To be honest, some of the points are funny, for example 'replays are very important, I don't care if I've already seen it, if needs be I'll rewind the whole game and watch it again'.
"However, some of them aren't so funny: 'Don't ask me what the offside rule is. The answer will be you being out of the kitchen'.
"Are we not past these dated kitchen jokes in 2021? It's just so tedious to read."
Swansea fan Amy continued: "It's the underlying assumption and idea that women have no idea what they are talking about when it comes to football.
"The assumption is that we couldn't possibly enjoy watching the tournament because we should be getting our boyfriends drinks, snacks and batteries for the remote - which leaves a general sense that we don't belong."
Amy added that she has found herself getting trolled more viciously by men on social media for sharing some of her opinions on football.
"Over the last year the comments have become more regular and more nasty," she said. "Hence the reason for my involvement with the Her Game Too campaign.
"I once posted a TikTok saying that I feel Harry Maguire is overrated and to be honest, with an £80m price tag, I'd just expect more from him.
"I don't think this opinion is too controversial? But the video was bombarded with comments about my gender and the fact my opinion was invalid.
"They said I know nothing because I'm a girl and should be watching netball from the kitchen instead. Some of the comments were fairly harmless and would be considered 'banter' but others were just so incredibly nasty, I couldn't believe it."
Amy is now hoping fan groups will move away from boring gender jokes and just let women enjoy the beautiful game.
"I just want them to rethink about whether it's really necessary to undermine women when it comes to football," she said. "There are a lot of very knowledgeable female football fans and we should be united in celebrating the sport we all love."