Women’s Aid calls out new England Women’s manager Phil Neville for ‘joke’ comment about domestic abuse

Wednesday 24th January 2018


Yesterday, former Manchester United and England footballer Phil Neville was appointed as the new England Women’s manager. Since the announcement, it has been widely reported that he has  deleted his social media account after it was revealed that he had posted a ‘joke’ comment about domestic abuse online.


Sian Hawkins, Campaigns and Public Affairs Manager at Women’s Aid, said:

“What can all too easily be passed off as banter, can actually be extremely harmful. Every time someone makes a joke about hurting and demeaning women, they help create a culture where it is ok for people to hold, and laugh at, sexist attitudes. This ‘banter’, when left unchallenged, can reaffirm outdated, but still worryingly prevalent, attitudes of men’s superiority over women. And at the sharp end of that is domestic abuse. With an average of two women a week being killed by their partner or ex-partner in England and Wales, this isn’t just unfunny, it is extremely dangerous.

“Footballers and managers are often held up as role models in our society, yet sexist attitudes, such as those expressed by Phil Neville, set a worrying example to men and have no place in both women’s and men’s football.

“Women’s Aid urges the football community to join us in condemning all violence against women. We need to stand together in sending out a clear message to everyone that domestic abuse will not be tolerated and that this crime is taken seriously.”


For further information, please contact the Women’s Aid press office: [email protected] / 020 7566 2511

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