The UK sports minister has condemned Joey Barton’s comments about women’s football commentators as ‘dangerous’ and has promised to intervene with social media platforms. Barton’s misogynistic attacks on women have included calling ITV pundits Eni Aluko and Lucy Ward ‘the Fred and Rose West of football’, accusing unnamed commentators of violating marriages and ‘what you got from pillow talk’ to get ahead, and saying women ‘aren’t qualified’ to talk about the game. Speaking to the culture, media and sport select committee, Stuart Andrew said, ‘These are dangerous comments that open the floodgates for abuse and that’s not acceptable … But I’m always slightly wary in these situations that these sorts of people want the oxygen and I don’t want to fuel that.’

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