1. “These exchanges do not reflect my views towards women in football, the workplace or in general.” Richard Scudamore, Chief Executive, Premier League.
Q: If they do not reflect your views Mr Scudamore, what made you write them in an email?
Does Mr Scudamore understand that the exchanges are offensive to a large number of women (and men) in this country?
2. ”These emails were private communications between friends of long-standing.” Premier League statement.
Q: Are they, therefore, likely to show how Mr Scudamore acts when he believes that he is out of the public eye. If you like, that they show something of the real him?
3. Were these private emails sent on equipment provided to Mr Scudamore by his employer the Premier League and accessed by one of his work colleagues using that system?
4 . “I have known Richard for 20 years and he is categorically not sexist.” Karren Brady, Vice Chair, West Ham.
Q: Is Ms Brady saying that [as a successful and powerful woman in football] it is her experience thatMr Scudamore has not acted in a sexist manner?
5. At page 401 of the Premier League Handbook 2013/14 is there an Anti-Discrimination Policy which, perhaps unusually unambiguously, states:
“The League shares with the Football Association a commitment to confront and eliminate discrimination, whether by reason of sex, etc.” And:
“The League will not tolerate sexual or racially based harassment or other discriminatory behaviour…. and will ensure that it is met with appropriate disciplinary action wherever it occurs.”
6. The Premier League reportedly claims that it has used “external specialist legal advisors specifically appointed for the role” to help carry out its investigation.
Q: Should those advisors have perhaps been independent?
7. What has Lord Herman Ouseley said on the matter?
A: “It is incumbent on the Premier League to put in place a proper, objective, fair and independent process for dealing with such important matters.”
As a postscript, a question that is perhaps relevant for all organisations and every single senior leader in those organisations to consider: what motivated the temporary secretary to act as she did? How had she been treated?