Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson perplexed as to 'why men are not so involved in women’s game’

Mark Lawrenson
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Former Match of the Day pundit Mark Lawrenson has questioned a gender imbalance in football punditry.

The Liverpool legend, 66, feels there's a disparity between the number of females involved in the men's game compared to males in the women's game. His 30-year career with the BBC ended in 2022 and he recently took a swipe at the broadcaster, labelling them "top of the woke league" as he suggested his departure was influenced by being a white male.

Lawrenson has since expanded on his views during a chat with Best Online Poker Sites, arguing: "If you're good enough, no matter if you're male or female, you should be doing the job. It's just a fact now that everybody believes that if you're a commentator then you should be commentating week-in, week-out on the Premier League and to a very good standard too."

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He expressed his concern over the lack of reciprocity he observes in the industry, noting the significant presence of female ex-professionals in Premier League coverage but a lesser number of males contributing to the Women's Super League.

"My only concern about all this is that women can be as involved to a large extent, such as co-commentating, being pundits or hosting, and I think a lot of them are good," Lawrenson continued, via the Express.

"But I ask, why is it that women are so involved in the men's game, whether it be punditry or refereeing, but men don't go into the women's game? I don't quite get that. If you want to be diverse across the board then surely that should be on the table."

Lawrenson has been vocal about his disapproval of the current state of media roles, contrasting it with the earlier days of his career in the 1990s. He laments that nowadays, a single misstep can cost someone their position.

"Women's football is definitely getting better and so will the punditry, but you could have someone who's the best commentator in the world and all it takes is for someone to say, 'I don't like the sound of his voice, he should be replaced'. It's the way things are now," he bemoaned.