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Gabby Logan has opened up her struggle for acceptance during her long career in football – and also revealed how Sir Bobby Robson came to her aid when she was targeted by lewd Manchester United fans.
Logan has carved out a reputation as one of the most respected broadcasters in football during a career that has almost spanned over three decades.
That has included spells with BBC, ITV, Sky Sports and most recently Amazon Prime.
Logan was the first female presenter of a football show after she was approached to host 'On the Ball' by ITV back in 1998.
But she's been forced to deal with a shameful amount of sexist abuse over the years.
In an extract of 'Football, She Wrote: An Anthology of Women's Writing on the game' shared by The Telegraph, Logan lifted the lid on some of the ghastly she's encountered – a subject that she highlighted during her BBC documentary, 'Sexism in Football?'
"It was at the BBC, in 2011, that I made the documentary Sexism in Football?", Logan said. "It was an eye-opener, listening to the stories of women in the industry. It made me reflect on my own experiences.
"I was twenty-seven and with my mum at a Premier League game when the fans chanted at me. My mum thought they were asking to see my teeth. I said, “No, Mum, they want to see my tits.”
"It wasn’t the only occasion. Covering Manchester United away to Sparta Prague in the Champions League, with Sir Bobby Robson and Ally McCoist in the studio, a small contingent of travelling fans began singing, “Get your tits out for the lads”.
"I didn’t know where to look, I felt embarrassed that it was all happening in front of Sir Bobby. And then he just opened his jacket as if he was getting his tits out and started shaking his chest about.
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"It was so funny and unexpected, he completely defused the situation and made them look like idiots. Afterwards he turned and winked at me.
"The next day when I was in the airport a very hungover Man Utd fan came up to me and said, “Er, I was one of the lads who was singing get your tits out. I’m really sorry.” I said to him, “You wouldn’t sing that if your wife or sister were sat next to you, would you?” And he said “No.” So I said, “Right, well, don’t sing it again.”
"I felt quite powerful telling him off. But I don’t think I would have done that without Sir Bobby’s support the night before."
- Manchester United FC
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