December 6, 2023

Lauren Smith
Smith returned to Bristol City ahead of the 2021-22 FA Championship season

Bristol City have condemned the abuse directed at women’s manager Lauren Smith during the men’s league defeat by Sunderland.

Smith was in the stands for the 3-2 defeat at Ashton Gate on Saturday.

“I’m supporting Bristol City with the team today, and they said women shouldn’t be in football but in the kitchen,” he wrote.

The men’s group shared Smith’s post with the response: “We totally condemn such abuse.”

They added: “This behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at Ashton Gate. We fully support Lauren Smith and are proud of our women’s team.”

Smith said: “So a message to this guy, we welcome you to the Robins HPC (High Performance Centre, home of the women’s team) anytime to prove you very wrong!”

The incident came less than a week after England’s historic extra-time victory over Germany at Wembley to win Euro 2022.

Campaign group HerGameToo, which works to raise awareness of sexist abuse in the game, said it would be contacting Bristol City about the incident.

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