A guy called Francesca Needham makes a “statement” on why he’s not playing football any more:

Subject: Important Announcement Regarding My Role at Rossington Main Ladies FC

Dear club, league, and all Football Association officials

It is with a mix of disappointment and resolve that I find myself having to address a recent development impacting myself and my team.

As some of you may have heard, Rossington Main Ladies FC has faced challenges from teams unwilling to play against us while I am on the field. This unfortunate circumstance has prompted me to investigate pursuing a case of discrimination, as I believe it represents a breach of the code of conduct regarding diversity and inclusion, as well as safeguarding of adults in football established by both the Football Association and the Sheffield and Hallamshire Women and Girls League.

You notice he doesn’t say why the teams are unwilling to play against him. It is, of course, because he’s a man. He considers it illegitimate wrong bad “discrimination” for women to refuse to be battered by him when playing football.

Therefore, in the best interests of my club and my supportive teammates who stand beside me, I have made the decision to step down from playing football for the foreseeable future.

This decision is rooted in the desire to safeguard the team and the club’s trajectory. It’s disheartening to acknowledge that this situation contradicts everything in the diversity and inclusion policies, given that I have diligently met every single requirement set out by the Football Association to play.

“Diversity” and “inclusion” should not mean forcing women to play football against men.

I sincerely hope that this issue of perceived discrimination against me can be resolved peacefully and promptly, with the full support of the Football Association and the policies they have written and approved.

Of course he is the only person who matters in this scenario. The women are just cardboard dummies; he’s the only actual person involved.

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