Sian Massey Withdrawn from Officiating This Weekend

Official at the centre of the Sky Sports sexism row still awaiting chance to get back to work.

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Sian Massey, the referee at the centre of the Sky Sports sexism row, has been withdrawn from duty at the weekend due to the intense media attention on her.
The 25-year-old was due to referee the Blue Square Bet North match between Corby Town and Eastwood on Saturday.
But the Professional Game Match Officials group decided to pull her off the game after consulting with Massey.
“The focus needs to be on the match not the officials,” a PGMO spokesman said. “It would be unfair on the clubs.”
Massey was the subject of sexist comments made by Sky football analyst Andy Gray and presenter Richard Keys. (BBC Sport)

One wonders when Sian will be allowed to officiate again. It seems odd that the powers that be have continued to pull her from officiating duties as to do so sort of plays into the hands of those who feel that her celebrity status is taking over from her ability to do her job.

It would surely be wiser to just let Sian Massey get on with her job so that she can become more known for being an official rather than the woman in the centre of the whole Andy Gray/Richard Keys debacle. The sooner she can get back to getting abuse for being a referee or assistant referee rather than for being a woman the better.

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