Clare Balding refuses to cover men’s football as it is ‘toxic’ for female hosts

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Clare Balding says she refuses to cover men’s football because it is “toxic” for female hosts.

The BBC veteran says women broadcasters suffer “vile abuse” when they offer opinions on male matches, which she blames for “the worst of tribal behaviour”.

She said: “Any woman who pops up on a football programme offering expertise, or in the role of presenter, will be opening the door to such vile abuse on social media.”

There has been a push in recent years to get more women football presenters.

TV host Clare Balding said the problem was 'tribal'
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Presenter and ex Arsenal Ladies player Alex Scott has broken into the male-dominated world of footy punditry
(Image: Getty)

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Clare, 49, told the Creative Forum that when she started “it was, ‘We have one woman, we can’t have two’.

"You’re fighting another woman for that one chance”.

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