Fortuna’s Kerem Demirbay may referee a women’s match as punishment for sexist comments [Spiegel]


Fortuna Dusseldorf’s Kerem Demirbay isn’t having a good week.

The 22-year-old Turkish born midfielder had a bittersweet match in the German second division last weekend when he scored a brace in a 2-1 win away at FSV Frankfurt, however Demirbay was sent for an early bath after he was also sent off in the match.

The game was officiated by female referee Bibiana Steinhaus, and after the match Demirbay took to Facebook to spout sexist comments about the official. In short, he said women have no place in men’s professional football. He has since deleted that social media post.

Demirbay’s social media comments went viral, and the footballer was slammed for being a misogynist.

The footballer has since tried to make amends for his Facebook post by posting an apology on Instagram, however the story is far from over.

German news outlets, including Spiegel, are today circulating quotes from Fortuna Dusseldorf chairman Paul Hunter, who has said:

It would be a good thing for [Demirbay] to underline his real feelings towards by refereeing a women’s match.

The story continues…

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