Leave it to football to prove that women are the ‘sex class’

Gentlemen, a bit of perspective please.

A police inquiry into an affair of prostitution involving an under-age call girl could not have come at a worse time for Raymond Domenech and his players just 50 days before the start of the World Cup.


So when it emerges that a player of the stature of the 27-year-old Bayern Munich midfielder Ribery could face a spell in prison for having sexual relations with an under-age prostitute it’s hard to underestimate the damage that has on team morale.


Ribery and an entire nation of football fans now face an anxious wait to find out whether the judge leading the inquiry will bring charges against arguably the most gifted player in Domenech’s squad.

And ..

For sure Domenech has plenty on his plate at the moment without this latest damaging distraction which comes after Henry’s infamous handball which led to the goal that sent France to South Africa at the expense of the Republic of Ireland last November.

Really? Those are our priorities? Because let’s not forget the underage prostitute, who is a kid for crying out loud, and who has been exploited many times over by adult men.

(The bold in the quotes is mine).

Categories: arts & entertainment, gender & feminism, social justice, violence

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13 replies

  1. *head*-*desk*

  2. Oh, vomit. With chunky bits. And lots and lots of BILE.

    I hate the sports culture in this fucking country.

  3. To clarify, the football referred to here is ‘soccer’, as in the FIFA World Cup and not local Australian football. But just as pig-headed, if not more so about its own importance as Aus football codes.

  4. The news coverage here in Germany is just as bad. Everyone is just “hey, what will this mean for the fate of FC Bayern Munich’s star player?” instead of realizing how terrible it is that there are minors working / being exploited in the French sex industry.

  5. Yet more proof that if you encounter a male sports player or fan one should run far far away. Yes, yes some male sports fans or players may actually be decent human beings, but is it really worth it to sift through the muck?

  6. Bluemilk, I can sadly see the same exact sentiments being expressed if it were AFL. “This comes as a cruel blow to team morale just before the top-of-the-table match against the Saints.”
    Excuse me while I go hide under a rock.

  7. And to add yet another country’s version of football, do a news search for Ben Roethlisberger, an American football player who’s been suspended from his team for sexual assault, and see how many articles are talking about how it’s such a loss for the team.
    Seems like this is pretty much a universal, sadly. -_-;;

    • It seems that all the talk about the team is a way of shaming the player for not being more team-minded and thinking about how his conduct would affect the rest of the players who rely upon his skills to be a key component in match-winning plays.
      Partly this is because this is stock language that they’re used to trotting out every time a player disgraces himself in some way, and the other part is that they’re simply not comfortable shaming a man for taking advantage of an opportunity for sex, almost certainly because they’d then have to examine their own behaviour in either doing the same or standing by while somebody else did the same. And we can’t have that now, can we? So they shame him for something else instead. Classic displacement.

  8. Poor guy, being taken advantage of by a child.
    Maybe all rapists should become professional sportsmen seems like a great way to make sure you get away with it.

  9. Or conversely, maybe all professional sportsmen should spend the off season in jail.

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