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Ian Wright slams Northern Ireland manager Kenny Shiels for his controversial comments about women’s football.

Ian Wright slams Northern Ireland manager Kenny Shiels for his controversial comments about women’s football.

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Ian Wright slams Northern Ireland manager Kenny Shiels for his controversial comments about women’s football.—

Shiels had said that women’s football teams concede more goals in quick succession because they are more ’emotional’ than men.

He said: “I thought they were struggling a wee bit at times to open us up until the psychology of going two up.

“In the women’s game you’ll have noticed if you go through the patterns, when a team concedes a goal they concede a second one within a very short period of time.

“Right through the whole spectrum of the women’s game, because girls and women are more emotional than men, so they take a goal going in not very well.”

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The remarks came after his team were beaten 5-0 by England in their 2023 World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, with four of the goals coming in the second half.

His post-match interview sparked controversy online with former Arsenal star Wright also slamming the coach.

The now football pundit wrote on Twitter: ‘Kenny Shiels talking foolishness! Talking about emotional women ! Didn’t that man see how many times I was crying on the PITCH!’

Former England Women goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain described the comments by Shiels as ‘bizarre’.

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She told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘However, Chamberlain told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘We all know – and we get it drilled into us as footballers – the five minutes after you concede a goal, the five minutes after you score a goal across the board, not just in women’s football, in men’s football as well, you’re more likely to concede a goal, you’re more likely to potentially go on to score again.

That’s not just in the women’s game, that’s in the men’s game as well and to just generalise that to women is a slightly bizarre comment.

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‘You need to kind of take a bit of responsibility of knowing the value that words can hold and when you give post-match press conferences when you’re feeling emotional after a big game, it’s important to make sure that you’re speaking sensibly and are aware of the message that your words can carry.’

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