Fans slam ‘sexist’ Glenn Hoddle and Joe Cole after praising female ref for ‘keeping up with the men’

Fans slam ‘sexist’ Glenn Hoddle and Joe Cole after praising female ref for ‘keeping up with the men’
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GLENN HODDLE and Joe Cole have been slammed for “sexist” comments made about the female referee who took charge of the Uefa Super Cup final Chelsea and Liverpool  Former England manager Hoddle, 61, and ex-Blues midfielder Cole, 37, were perceived to have made disparaging comments concerning Stephanie Frappart – who made history by becoming the first female to take charge of a major Uefa men’s final  The pair were studio guests during BT Sport’s coverage of the match in Istanbul but many fans were unimpressed with their take on history making Frappart  Hoddle said Frappart, 35, had “done well” to keep up with the men for 120 minutes after the game went to extra time  While Cole hinted VAR was not used on occasion as officials did not want to overrule Frappart because she was female  Fans online were quick to criticise as one tweeted: “Is Glenn Hoddle really congratulating the ref for running for 120 minutes? What a b***end ”  While another, in reference to why Hoddle was sacked as England manager, added: “Glenn Hoddle probably assumed she’d been reincarnated as a female ref for committing sins in a previous life ”  Peter O’Brien called the former Spurs midfielder condescending before others took aim at BT Sport over their choice of pundits  Bonbarlos tweeted: “Ooh it was all going so well until they asked Glenn Hoddle about the female ref ”  Before Mike Underwood said: “BT Sport seriously need to think about their teams ” ‘FOOTBALL DINOSAUR’  While Hoddle got the brunt of the abuse, Cole did not get away lightly  One account tweeted: “Joe Cole insinuating VAR didn’t overrule the ref because she’s a woman Poor from him.”  Jimmy McBride suggested BT couldn’t wait to get Cole off air while @SolerosandFabs called him a “football dinosaur”  Despite a backlash on Twitter, the BT Sport pundits were overwhelmingly full of praise for Frappart’s officiating of the Super Cup  Frappart is regarded as the best female official on the planet and took charge of the Women’s World Cup Final earlier this year  In April, she became the first female ref to take charge of a Ligue 1 match when she officiated a game between Amiens and Strasbourg  Only last month Frappart insisted she was solely focused on establishing herself in France  Asked if she dreamed of taking charge of a men’s Champions League game, she said: “I have already climbed a few steps  “The next step for me is to integrate well in Ligue 1. It’s not easy, we are challenged every game ” Stephanie Frappart – Road to the top 2011 – Refereed her first professional men’s game in the French third division  2014 – Became the first female referee to take charge of a Ligue 2 men’s game  2015 – Officiated at the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada  April 2019 – Refereed her first top flight men’s game at the Ligue 1 match between Amiens and Strasbourg  July 2019 – Took charge of the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup final in France between USA and Netherlands  August 2019 – Refereed the 2019 Uefa Super Cup men’s final between Liverpool and Chelsea  Before the flagship match took place, Jurgen Klopp promised his mum he would be on best behaviour for Frappart’s big night  Cole only joined BT Sport as a pundit on August 1 and fans were surprised by such out of character remarks  The ex-England international has close ties to both Liverpool and Chelsea having played for both teams – while he maintains a close friendship with Blues’ boss Frank Lampard having played together in West London and before at West Ham  Cole still works at Chelsea and will juggle his new punditry role with his part-time job as a youth coach at his old club  Ex-West Ham keeper Adrian was the hero last night as Liverpool overcame the Blues on penalties after a 2-2 draw at the end of extra time  Goals from Sadio Mane and Olivier Giroud saw the game finish 1-1 in normal time before Mane struck again five minutes into extra time only for it to be cancelled out by Jorginho’s penalty  And in dramatic fashion, Liverpool’s newbie keeper saved Tammy Abrahams’ penalty to hand the Reds a 5-4 spot-kicks win Jurgen Klopp praises the Liverpool fans of Istanbul after victory over Chelsea in Super Cup final

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