Businesses Urged to Crack Down on Men Discussing Sports as Women ‘Feel Left Out’

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The head of one of Britain’s leading management bodies has urged businesses to crack down on men talking about sports such as soccer and cricket because it leads to the promotion of lad culture women feeling “left out.”

In an interview with the BBC Radio 4’s Today program, Chartered Management Institute (CMI) head Ann Francke warned that the discussion of sports often excludes women and makes them uncomfortable.

“A lot of women, in particular, feel left out,” she complained. “They don’t follow those sports and they don’t like either being forced to talk about them or not being included.

“I have nothing against sports enthusiasts or cricket fans – that’s great,” she continued. “But the issue is many people aren’t cricket fans.”

Francke also warned that excessive discussion of sports can promote laddish behavior and encourage men to discuss their sexual conquests.

“It’s a gateway to more laddish behavior and – if it just goes unchecked – it’s a signal of a more laddish culture,” she explained. “It’s very easy for it to escalate from VAR talk and chat to slapping each other on the back and talking about their conquests at the weekend.”

The Conservative MP and former Minister for Sports, Gambling, Charities & Loneliness, Tracey Crouch, dismissed Francke’s suggestions as a “load of nonsense,” while the proposal was widely mocked across social media.

The CMI is the UK’s leading management institute. As well as providing support to its 80,000 members and helping them professional development, the organization regularly conducts research into how management practices can be improved. However, whether employers across the UK choose to take up their latest recommendation remains to be seen.

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