DThe national coach of the Northern Ireland women’s football team has sparked discussion with statements about the players’ alleged emotionality. There’s a trend in women’s football, Kenny Shiels said after her side’s 5-0 loss to England. “If a team concedes a goal, they concede another very quickly,” Shiels said. “It runs through all of women’s football because girls and women are more emotional than men. If they concede a goal, they can’t take it well.”
Shiels apologized for his statements during Wednesday’s press conference. “I’m sorry if I offended anyone,” he said. “I’m proud to coach a group of players who are role models for so many girls – and boys too – across the country.”
Northern Ireland had conceded their first goal in the 26th minute, and in the second half they conceded four in less than half an hour. The 65-year-old called the second goal conceded an ’emotional goal’. Earlier on Friday, Shiels’ side conceded three goals in nine minutes in Austria’s 3-1 draw. Northern Ireland failed to qualify for the World Cup.
Shiels already suspected during the press conference that he would be criticized for his statements. “Maybe I shouldn’t have told you,” he said after his remarks, which included criticism from former England international and Arsenal striker Ian Wright. Wright wrote on Twitter that Shiel was talking about “dumb stuff” and joked, “Hasn’t man seen how many times I cried on the field?”
Former England goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain has warned Shiels to be aware of the impact his words could have, pointing out that in men’s football soon after a goal another goal is just as likely as in the game. women’s football. “And now to generalize that for women is a really weird commentary,” Chamberlain said.