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Premier League latest as pressure on Richard Scudamore increases

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As time goes by the pressure on Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore mounts. Whilst he has apologised unreservedly for sexist comments he made in private email which have been initially published by the Daily Mirror that has not placated some senior football figures.

Whilst his own organisation is this weekend carrying out an investigation under The Premier League's audit and remuneration committee, headed by Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, who will meet on Monday to consider disciplinary action against Scudamore others have not been shy at coming forwards.

For example, Scudamore has been urged to give "serious consideration" to his position by the only female member of the FA board, Heather Rabbatts.

In a statement on Saturday, she also accused the Premier League of having "a closed culture of sexism".

Meanwhile, FA chairman Greg Dyke has told BBC Sport he thought the emails were "pretty horrible".

Scudamore has admitted the emails were "an error of judgement",  after they were exposed in a national newspaper.

"No one can doubt the tremendous achievements of the Premier League in creating one of the world's great footballing competitions," said Rabbatts.

"But with that success and the massive public interest it generates comes the obligation to behave responsibly and have in place proper lines of accountability and good governance.

"Sadly recent events appear to show these things are currently lacking in the administration of the Premier League, and indeed there is growing evidence of a closed culture of sexism, symbolised in the email exchanges which have been made public."

Speaking ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley, Dyke reiterated his stance that the emails were "unacceptable".

He added: 'The process has to be done by the Premier League because he's not an employee of ours, he's an employee of the Premier League.

"But they were pretty horrible remarks that didn't need to be said, but were said in a private email."

Scudamore, 54, was appointed to his role in 1999 and Barclays, the Premier League sponsors, have already expressed their disappointment in the emails.

"It is increasingly clear that steps are needed as a matter of urgency to review governance at the Premier League with a view to improving accountability and tackling head on a culture that demeans women and seems to discourage their involvement in the game's administration," said Rabbatts.

"These challenges go beyond the current situation of chief executive Richard Scudamore, however if the League are to move forward in a positive way then he and they should give serious consideration to his position in the coming days."

Ironically the Scudamore issue has deflected the press interest in the FA's own position on the future of the game, which came in for widespread criticism last week. the media furore surrounding Scudamore's comments is indicative of how important the Premier League has become and the huge profile the chief executive has.

JB

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