Bad taste: Scots apologise after walkouts over offensive speech at football writers dinner

May 10 – Scottish football journalists have had to apologise after an awards event speech prompted a walkout because of alleged sexism.

BBC and Sky Sports presenter Eilidh Barbour was among guests who left Sunday’s Scottish Football Writers’ Association (SFWA) gala dinner in Glasgow in protest.

The controversy centred on jokes made in a speech by Bill Copeland, a lawyer who works on the after-dinner speaking circuit.

Barbour tweeted that she had “never felt so unwelcome in the industry” while others have described the jokes as “sexist, racist and homophobic”.

The SFWA said it apologised to anyone “offended or upset” by the speech.

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