Feb 25, 2009

Sexism is alive and well in football

Natalia at Global Comment has a piece up about FC Zenit's refusal to sell season tickets to women.

I was therefore particularly dismayed to read that the council of fans of FC Zenit St. Petersburg - the richest club in the Russian Federation and the original stomping ground of star footballer Andrei Arshavin - has decided that season tickets for the coveted fan sector in their home stadium of Petrovsky will not be sold to women (or, as one choice news source put it, “broads”)

Gorod 812, a journal based in St. Petersburg quoted Ruslan Dryuma, an FC Zenit representative, as confirming that “young women were excluded, but not all of them… We have made the decision that we are not discussing this subject with the press.”

Shocking and shameful. Perhaps a boycott might change their minds. Time to show solidarity guys.

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