Kenny Shiels says women are “more emotional” than men, as the Northern Ireland football boss slammed for explaining the “problem”.


Kenny Shiels, manager of the Northern Ireland women’s football team, has been criticized by fans after saying there is a problem with “emotional goals” in women’s football.

he NI boss spoke after his side suffered a heavy defeat at home to England.

He said: “In the women’s game you will have noticed if you go through the patterns that if a team concedes a goal they concede a second within a very short period of time.

“Through the whole spectrum of women’s football, because girls and women are more emotional than men, so they go towards a goal, they don’t take that very well.

“If you look at the stats… you see teams that have conceded goals in the 18th and 21st minutes and then in the 64th and 68th they group them because that’s an emotional goal.

“So we conceded at 48, we had three in seven or nine minutes on Friday and we were aware of that. When we lost, one-to-zero, we quit the game and tried to just slow it down to give them time to get that emotional imbalance out of their heads.

“It’s a problem we have, not just Northern Ireland but all countries with this problem. I shouldn’t have told you that.”

Kenny Shiels made the controversial comments after his Northern Ireland side lost 5-0 to England in a World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park.

Many fans from around the world have taken to social media since the comments were made to say they were inappropriate.

A crowd of 15,348 packed Windsor Park as Northern Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for next year’s Women’s World Cup were dashed.

Northern Ireland boss Shiels thought England were struggling to open their side until ‘the psychology of making two’.

Although England head coach Sarina Wiegman is happy with the result, she is aware that her side will face difficult challenges at the European Championships

England opened the scoring on Tuesday through Lauren Hemp in the 26th minute but Shiels’ side kept the deficit to one goal at the break before conceding four times in the 27th half.

England continued their 100-game start to Women’s World Cup qualifying with a dominant performance away from home.

Northern Ireland needed to avoid defeat by Group D leaders England to keep alive their faint hopes of progressing to Australia and New Zealand next year.

They may still be level on points with second-placed Austria, but Northern Ireland’s head-to-head record has ended any chance of overtaking their rivals for the sole place in the play-offs. Kenny Shiels says women are “more emotional” than men, as the Northern Ireland football boss slammed for explaining the “problem”.

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