Simon Borg has been suspended from his employment with Major League Soccer after warning women that they should temper their futbol fandom lest they render themselves undateable and unattractive to men.
Earlier this week, Hugo Schwyzer wrote about Borg's comments, which were made during the April 30th dispatch of Major League Soccer's official podcast. Here they are again, in case you missed them the first time,
It's fine if you're a female and you want to be a super-fan. Clearly go for it, that's your choice. But there is something to be said for how appealing that might be to the other sex. Having a woman that's such a fan, like painting your face, tuning in to every podcast. I don't know how many males would be into that.
It's great that in Kansas City there are a lot of women in the stands, it's great, but for the guy who wants maybe a serious relationship... If you are following just casually, but if you're such a die-hard, I don't know, it comes a point that it is a bit of a turn-off.
If I roll my eyes and barf at the same time, will my eyeballs pop out? Or is that also a turn off? I guess it's a risk I'm going to have to take.
In response to Borg's borgheadedness, MLS issued a statement condemning his words, calling them "inappropriate," "unacceptable," and asserting that his proclamation was no reflection of the attitude of the organization or its teams or players or players' wives or cousins or pet cats or goldfish or really anything affiliated with the league whatsoever. They stopped short of calling Borg a dunderhead, but we can read between the lines.
Simon Borg's been suspended from work for seven days, and his division of the league will be undergoing sensitivity training, according to the MLS website.