Leeds United fan accuses BT Sport pundit of bias after Aston Villa draw
Lucy Ward has revealed contrasting claims of bias after she commentated on Leeds United versus Aston Villa on Wednesday night
The 47-year-old was on commentary alongside Darren Fletcher for the Whites’ 3-3 draw at Villa Park on 9 February.
She publicly posted two of the messages she received from viewers in the aftermath of the game, accusing her of bias both against Leeds – and in favour of them.
“Welcome to my online world, Probably means I’m somewhere in the middle,” Ward tweeted along with a picture of the two replies with the names of the people scribbled out.
This isn’t the first time Leeds fans have been involved in controversy regarding a female pundit after consistent abuse forced Karen Carney to delete her Twitter account in January 2021 following the Whites’ 5-0 win over West Brom [The Guardian].
For the very vast majority of the Leeds United fanbase, this doesn’t apply, you are what makes the club great and long may it continue.
But for those of you who do send these messages towards female pundits, in particular, you need to get a grip.
These people are far more qualified than you will ever be to talk about football and that is why they are doing so on national television.
They are paid to say what they think and offer their own opinions on the biggest talking points throughout the game and they shouldn’t receive such messages for something as small as that.
You are allowed to disagree with what any pundit says, but do it the right way, the adult way.
The fact that Ward was accused of bias against both sides probably shows that she has done an outstanding job in summarising the game alongside Fletcher and let’s hope she continues doing such an excellent job of it.
In other Leeds United news, this upset Leeds star has apologised to fans after what he did after full-time against Villa.