Premier League Soccer Clubs Won’t Punish CEO for Sexist E-Mails

Richard Scudamore, the head of English soccer’s Premier League, escaped punishment for sending private e-mails containing inappropriate language about women.

The chief executive officer’s personal e-mails, which had “inappropriate remarks,” were discovered by a temporary personal assistant and published in the Sunday Mirror earlier this month. There were calls for Scudamore to quit.

Scudamore, who has overseen the growth of the English league into the world’s richest soccer competition, apologized for the exchange with friends. An investigation of a “very large quantity” of e-mails found no other use of “wider discriminatory attitudes or inappropriate language or a general attitude of disrespect to women,” the league said.

After a meeting today of representatives of the clubs, no action will be taken against him, according to an e-mailed statement from the league.

“Responses from many women in employment at the Premier League, and extensive consultations with others, establish that there is no climate of disrespect of women in the workplace,” the league said in the statement.

Scudamore said he would work to convince representatives of various interest groups that he can promote minority participation in the sport.

“I will now undertake meetings and discussions with a wide range of stakeholders in the game to hear their views and to reassure them that I will continue to do my utmost personally, and through all the Premier League’s means, to help promote diversity and inclusion, develop the women’s game and support women who want be involved in football at any level,” he said in a statement distributed by the league.

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