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Sports minister hits out at Scudamore

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Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has been criticised by sports minister Helen Grant over sexist emails he sent.

Scudamore's comments were leaked by his former personal assistant to the Sunday Mirror. Scudamore released a statement apologising for the "inappropriate" remarks and admitted he had made "an error of judgement".

Grant said: "I found the content of those emails completely unacceptable and very disappointing, particularly at a time when there is so much good work and progress being made promoting women's sport.

FA chairman Greg Dyke said the FA will not be taking any action over Scudamore's discriminatory remarks, but Grant has vowed to stamp out discrimination in sport.

"I am determined to do all I can to help tackle all forms of discrimination in sport," she added.

"There is absolutely no place for it and all of us working in sport need to pull together on the issue. There is no room for complacency."

Women in Football, a group striving to improve women's representation in the game, said they were "shocked" by the reports.

Dame Tessa Jowell also criticised Scudamore, telling BBC's Sportsweek: "His championing of women's football, and women's football coming of age, is undermined by this."

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