Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Pirelli Pirates Youth FC charged over spectator sexism claims

A youth football club has been charged with a string of offences after a spectator allegedly told a referee to "get her handbag and go home".

Shelby Davis, 21, was overseeing an under-15s game between Wyvern Youth and Pirelli Pirates in Southampton when she says the comment was made.

She called off the game at half-time with Wyvern Youth 2-0 in the lead.

The Hampshire FA has charged Pirelli Pirates Youth FC with causing the match to be abandoned, among other offences.

The club, which has until 3 October to respond, is also charged with misconduct by club spectators and spectators making comments deemed to be of a discriminatory nature.

Ms Davis abandoned the 15 September cup match between the two teams following a comment that was made from the stands during half-time and reported the matter to the Hampshire FA.

A Hampshire FA spokesman said it was "not appropriate" to comment further while disciplinary procedures were ongoing.

Ms Davis was unavailable for comment.

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