Rangers slam 'homophobic slurs' over SWPL cup final amid Barton comments

Former Ibrox player Joey Barton has been widely condemned for comments made on social media regarding the women's game.

Rangers slam ‘homophobic slurs’ following SWPL cup final following comments made by ex-player Joey Barton SNS Group

Rangers have condemned “homophobic and misogynistic” comments made in relation to the SWPL cup final, after former player Joey Barton took aim at the women’s game on social media.

The former midfielder, who had a brief spell at the Ibrox club in 2016, has been accused of bullying after sharing a clip of a mistake made by 17-year-old Partick Thistle goalkeeper Ava Easdon during the game that was played at Tynecastle last Sunday.

Barton also made a number of comments on social media regarding the women’s game, which have been widely condemned.

Scotland and Rangers player Nicola Docherty was among those who spoke out publicly against the 41-year-old, who has been on a social media tirade against the women’s game, as well as criticising diversity in television punditry, since being sacked by Bristol Rovers in October 2023.

On Wednesday, Rangers issued their own statement on the matter, stating: “Rangers FC has been made aware of discriminatory and misogynistic comments regarding the women’s game following Sunday’s Sky Sports Cup Final.

“As a club, we stand together against these homophobic and disgraceful slurs in the strongest possible terms.

“We are unwavering in our desire to further the women’s game across the country which goes from strength to strength, and will support all players in challenging those who hold extremely outdated and foul views of women’s football.”

Barton, who also played for Man City, Newcastle, QPR and Burnley during a 15-year career, played in five Premiership games in Scotland during his short stint at the club.

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