A Game of the Half: The Manageress and the Sex Discrimination Act
Author: Pearson, G.
Source: Liverpool Law Review, Volume 24, Number 3, 2002 , pp. 137-156(20)
As the football industry continues in its struggle to balance its traditional regulations and practices with the demands of domestic and European law it is evident that entrenched attitudes within the game will have to be changed if the industry is to avoid further damaging litigation. One such area is in the appointment of football managers (or head coaches), where the practices of selection seem to contravene the most basic principles of employment law with regard to the Sex Discrimination Acts. This article argues that the appointment of ex professional players as Managers violates the prohibition on indirect sex discrimination, and asserts that being male is not a ``genuine occupational qualification'' for the post. The article analyses case studies of football managers to substantiate its claims, and uses interviews carried out with coaches and players in the women's Premier League in order to discuss sex discrimination and the non-appointment of women to one of the most important posts in the football industry in more general terms.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of Liverpool, Chatham Building, Liverpool, L69 7Zh, UK (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Publication date: January 1, 2002