FA branded 'sexist' after suggesting girls use pink whistles and take Twitter breaks during football sessions

The Football Association has been labelled "sexist" for guidelines that suggest women should play football in colourful bibs that "smell nice" and take "Twitter breaks" during training sessions - although the FA has argued it was reflective of research and a "creative approach".

The guidelines also suggest that football sessions be advertised in "places where girls go, i.e. coffee shops or on the back of toilet doors".

The FA says attendance should be awarded with giveaways of items such pink whistles and other kit.

According to the FA, the guidelines were drawn up in 2014 and were built on the views of young girls who, the FA has suggested, should be more readily listended to and better represented.

Despite being two years old, the guidelines have been spread across social media in the past 24 hours, with many people slamming them as sexist or offensive.

On Monday (12 December), the FA released a statement saying: "The document is aimed at engaging young women who don't currently play football. It was created following research into women and girls playing football, with feedback from both participants and non-participants, and encourages a creative approach to increasing participation numbers."

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