Kenny Shiels’ talk of ’emotional’ women is unacceptable. Football deserves better | Suzanne Wrack

Northern Ireland Women manager’s comments send a poor message and were not adequately addressed by his apologyIt was said so matter-of-factly. “I thought we outwitted them for long periods until it was 2-0,” said Northern Ireland’s manager, Kenny Shiels, after his team’s 5-0 defeat by England in front of a sold-out record crowd of 15,348. “We knew exactly what they were going to do before they did it. We spoke about it. I felt they were struggling a wee bit at times to open us up until the psychology of going 2-0 up in the women’s game.“I’m sure you will have noticed if you go through the patterns – when a team concedes a goal, they concede a second one in a very, very short space of time, right through the whole spectrum of the women’s game, because girls and women are more emotional than men. So, they take a goal going in not very well. When we went 1-0 down we tried to slow it down to give them time to get that emotional imbalance out of their heads. That’s an issue we have. Not just in Northern Ireland but all of the countries in the world. I shouldn’t have told you that.”