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Luton manager Mike Newell today apologised to female assistant referee Amy Rayner for his "ill-timed and out-of-order comments" about her performance during his side's defeat against QPR at the weekend. But with Luton having scheduled an emergency board meeting for 4pm today, Newell's future remains in grave doubt. As well as condemning the presence of women referees in football as "tokenism for the politically-correct idiots", Newell also used Saturday's post-match press conference to accuse club chairman Bill Tomlins of taking the club backwards.
But it was his former remarks - during which he also claimed Rayner "should not be here. I know that sounds sexist but I am sexist" - that have produced the greater uproar. The FA has already vowed to investigate the matter further. I wanted to apologise privately before I apologised publicly, but I could not get hold of Amy Rayner.
I have not spoken to her, but I have left messages and I will continue to try to speak to her. Newell insisted that he did feel there was room for women in football and argued that his words had been interpreted more strongly than they had been intended. But there was no such apology for Tomlins, with whom Newell has endured a of fall-outs since taking over in They have called a meeting, and I am sure I will learn the outcome. Will I be the manager at the weekend? That is a question for the board, but I am not going to re.
A statement on Luton's website this morning was the first comment the club have made on the matter. A formal statement will be made following the board meeting. The FA's head of senior referee development Neale Barry yesterday gave his support to Rayner and all other female officials. There are currently 27, referees in this country but there is still a shortage. English football needs more Amy Rayners. Tomlins, meanwhile, accused of contributing "nothing" to the club, defended himself, saying: "I am a bit taken aback by what Mike said and I don't know what is wrong with him at the moment.
I knew he had a few issues with me, but it seems that every time we lose he has something more to say about me. We have backed him in everything he wanted to do and we pay him a big salary. But that's four defeats in a row now and it doesn't look good. This article is more than 14 years old. Luton manager may still lose job this afternoon.
Newell had argued that female officials were simply a concession to politically correct tokenism. Nicky Bandini. But today Newell was more contrite - at least to Rayner. Topics Football Luton Town Championship news. Reuse this content.Women wants sex Newell
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