Walkout at Football Writers Awards over racist and sexist jokes

Tuesday, May 10, 2022
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Walkout at Football Writers Awards Over Racist and Sexist Jokes

A Scottish football journalist has walked out of the awards dinner after a speaker made offensive remarks. The Scottish Football Writers' Association has since apologized and promised to review the event. The awards night took place in Glasgow and was attended by top football figures including Craig Gordon‚ Ange Postecoglou and Hearts goalkeeper Craig Gordon. The SFWA has also said it would look into the matter and report back to the community.

Bill Copeland

A Scottish football writer has walked out of an awards ceremony over racial and sexist jokes made by one of the guests. Bill Copeland is the winner of the football writer of the year award‚ and has been branded next level racist and sexist by a fellow journalist. Gabriella Bennett‚ who is also a WiJS co-chair‚ also stood up to express her disgust. Earlier this week‚ the Scottish Football Writers' Association (SFWA) apologised after allegations that Copeland used racially-charged language in his after-dinner speech. The SFWA also removed Copeland's profile from its website‚ while Sky Sports News has published a video of the event. The former criminal defence lawyer has been a regular after-dinner speaker‚ and the SFWA said they are taking action after Barbour tweeted about the incident. The BBC Sport reporter claims that she was unable to be at the SFWA dinner after Copeland's speech. A joint statement from Women in Football and Kick it Out‚ the leading equality charity in football‚ condemned the unwelcome atmosphere at the event. The charity has also apologised and will review any future events to ensure there is a fair environment for women in the sport. The Women in Journalism group‚ which co-chairs the football writers' network‚ says it has heard of such remarks before.

SFWA apologises to anyone offended or upset by material from after-dinner speaker

The Scottish Football Writers' Association (SFWA) has apologised to people offended by remarks made by an after-dinner speaker. The remarks were made by former Felony Defence Lawyer Invoice Copeland during his keynote speech. He was also accused of using 'N-p' jokes. The SFWA has said that it will use the incident as a springboard to improve its events. The Scottish Football Writers' Association (SFWA) has apologised to those offended or upset by the speech given by Bill Copeland during their annual awards dinner on Friday night. The comedian‚ a former criminal defence lawyer‚ had made sexist and racist remarks during his speech. Following the outburst‚ some attendees left the event‚ including TV presenter Eilidh Barbour‚ who has since returned. Despite the fact that the incident happened in a football awards dinner‚ two female journalists walked out in protest. The SFWA and BBC Sport apologised to anyone offended or upset by the material from Copeland's speech. Several other women journalists‚ including the co-chair of Women in Journalism Scotland (WJS)‚ also walked out of the event in protest. The Scottish Football Writers' Association has issued an apology to those affected by Bill Copeland's alleged remarks. After-dinner speaker Bill Copeland was removed from the talent agency XSP Entertainments after criticism began. The comments‚ which were racially‚ sexist‚ and homophobic‚ caused several people to leave the event early.

Scottish football journalists walkout over racist and sexist jokes

The Scottish Football Writers Association has apologised after female journalists walked out of their annual awards dinner after hearing jokes about women and girls. The association has since said that they will review the format of the awards dinner. The incident is the latest controversy surrounding football writing in Scotland. A BBC Sport presenter said that she felt unwelcome at the event and a protest walkout followed. Gabriella Bennett also tweeted her support for the women who attended the awards dinner. The Scottish Football Writers Association has since apologized for the incident‚ but there is no clear reason why the journalists were upset. Despite the apology‚ the association has pledged to improve the standards of their work. The association also apologises to anyone offended or upset by the offensive material. However‚ it is unclear if the walkout will continue or be followed by a similar protest. The Scottish Football Writers Association has apologised for the incident‚ and TV presenter Eilidh Barbour has said she left the dinner in protest. Some of her colleagues have labelled Copeland's speech as sexist‚ racist and homophobic. The SFWA has promised to improve the evening in the future. The association's annual awards dinner is attended by many people in the sport‚ including the Scottish Premiership‚ the BBC‚ Sky Sports and other broadcasters. The SFWA has also apologised to the guests who were offended. The Scottish Football Writers' Association has apologised for Bill Copeland's comments. The former lawyer and professional after-dinner speaker has removed his profile on his talent agency XSP Entertainments after the sex-sexist remarks at the event. The sex-phobic comments have led to many attendees to leave the event early‚ including several female journalists. During the evening‚ the Scottish Football Writers' Association held an awards ceremony where Craig Gordon was named player of the year. However‚ the evening became tense‚ as a number of journalists‚ including Gabriella Bennett‚ walked out due to the offensive nature of the speech. The Scottish Football Writers Association has been apologetic‚ but it is still unclear if Copeland is being investigated.