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Celtic: Rodgers goes on the offensive over sexism row

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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has brushed off criticism of his interview with a female reporter on Sunday and says people are always looking for “something offensive to try and pin on to people”.

Rodgers cut short a conversation with BBC Scotland’s Jane Lewis following the 3-1 win at Motherwell on Sunday, signing off by saying “good girl”.

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His remark infuriated feminist groups in Scotland who demanded an apology.

Instead, Rodgers today went on the offensive, saying: “I will address it because I’ve obviously been aware of it.

“Sadly for me in society now, we are looking for something to offend or something offensive to try and pin on to people.

“I found [the reaction] saddening as much as anything because one, I’m not that type of person.

“But also it saddened me for society now, because people are looking and trying to find ways to somehow bring you down if they can. It’s not nice.

“You guys since I’ve been up here know I’ve always based my life on relationships. I’ve always offered warmth, respect, been courteous and offered time to people.

“That will never change. So obviously when there was that little bit that was out there – or a big bit, however it was – I feel the need to address that.

“I deal with people in life, players, helping them become better, and even in the media.

“I’ve spoken to Jane and she wasn’t offended. We had a laugh about it, she’ll continue to ask me awkward questions I’m sure.

“I see her every week and we’ve got a good relationship like I have with most people in my life, professional or social.”

Lewis also spoke today, releasing a statement through the Press Association, which read: “Clearly, the interview on Sunday has become a talking point.

“I don’t believe there was any offence meant by Brendan Rodgers – and for my part, there was none taken.”

Celtic are second in the Scottish Premiership, two points behind Rangers, and face Dundee at Parkhead tomorrow night.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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