Former Great Britain international Garry Schofield has once again sparked controversy after making comments about last night’s Women’s Grand Final.
Leeds emerged victorious against Castleford at Saints’ Totally Wicked Stadium, with the game screened live on Sky Sports for the first time.
The women’s sport has enjoyed unprecedented interest throughout 2019, but Schofield has attracted criticism for mocking the standard of play.
He said: “Just watching ladies Grand Final.
“I’ve watched better under-11s games of Rugby League at Parkside.”
Schofield has since deleted the Tweet and issued an apology.
Just watching ladies grand final. I've watched better under 11s game of rugby league at parkside
— Garry Schofield (@GarrySchofield6) October 11, 2019
Schofield’s comments were labelled as “pathetic”, “embarrassing” and “misogynist” by supporters and observers through the sport
Leeds player Danika Priim also responded.
@GarrySchofield6 mate (I think) no need to be a dick!! You know we are better than that! Well done for getting the attention you want! Now go back into your shed and pat yourself on the back!!! And to think I tried to defend you in the past 🤦🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️ https://t.co/gehiE5zhG6
— Danika Priim (@DanikaPriim) October 11, 2019
Pretty disappointing that you feel the need to tear down what has been one of the fantastic growth & new market aspects of our sport in recent years mate.
I’ve seen better & more productive social media use by most 11 year olds than you’ve dished up with this tweet..so hush🤫
— Damian Irvine (@damianirvine) October 11, 2019
What’s it like being a misogynistic dinosaur @GarrySchofield6 ? These women should be praised and promoted, not ridiculed.
— Matthew Farrell (@mattfarrell08) October 11, 2019
I am genuinely embarrassed that you have any association with the sport with such a comment… maybe next time leave your phone at home when you go for a few pints of mild!!
— Mark Spence (@CasMarky) October 11, 2019
Although some supporters have defended Schofield’s comments.
He’s right though? He’s entitled to an opinion and if it was said about a mans game people would laugh and agree, the problem with womens sport is it’s not allowed criticism but yet that’s part of sport and men’s sport is scrutinised to death
— Martin Ryan (@SHUTUPCRAZYFOOL) October 11, 2019