Elton Welsby claims female commentators are ‘just not good enough’ 

Veteran TV football presenter Elton Welsby is branded a ‘sexist from the seventies’ after claiming female commentators ‘are just not good enough’

  • The former face of Granada Sport Elton Welsby, 67, sparks fury for his comments
  • He launched into rant online claiming female commentators aren’t good enough 
  • The ex-sports presenter was branded ‘sexist’ and ‘out of date’ by Twitter users  

A veteran sports presenter has sparked fury by saying female football commentators ‘just aren’t good enough’.

Elton Welsby, 67, said women working in the field do not have ‘enough knowledge’ and displayed poor ‘delivery and voice control’.

The former ITV commentator was branded a ‘sexist from the seventies’ for his rant to social media. 


Pictured: The former ITV commentator Elton Welsby (right in his heyday and left, in his Twitter profile picture)

The ex-television presenter took to Twitter to write: ‘Football, cricket – the lady commentators are just not good enough.

‘It’s not sexism, it’s about knowledge and above all, delivery and voice control. Someone apart from me, don’t think it, say it.’ 

He added: ‘I’m talking commentary – the ability to drive a sport to its zenith with a commanding and authoritative voice which ladies do not possess. Simple.’ 


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The retired sports presenter spent six years hosting ITV’s football coverage and he was also the face of Granada sport for 22 years until he left in 2000.

His views sparked outrage on Twitter with commentators and fans quick to step in.

The former face of Granada Sport said ‘lady commentators’ are ‘just not good enough’

His views sparked outrage on Twitter with commentators and fans quick to step in

Many spoke of support in honour of Jacqui Oatley, the first female commentator on BBC One’s Match of the Day in 2007. 

TV commentator Kelly Sotherton, 41, an former Olympic heptathlete, blasted: “Elton. I’d be embarrassed if you were my granddad with that prehistoric view and attitude.” 

BBC sports presenter Sonja McLaughlan tweeted: “Dear Elton. The 70s have been in touch and want their sexist attitudes back.”

Athletics commentator Katharine Merry, 43, responded: ‘Good evening Elton. I understand. I have a clue between the roles you state as I do them all.

The ex-Olympic 400m bronze medalist added: ‘Is your view on female lead commentators attached to all sports? Really hoping I have the ability to drive a sport to its zenith with a commanding an authoritative voice.’    

Many spoke of support in honour of Jacqui Oatley, the first female commentator on BBC One’s Match of the Day in 2007

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