January 30, 2023

Lauren Smith
Smith returns to Bristol City ahead of the 2021-22 FA Championship season

Bristol City have condemned the mistreatment of women’s team manager Lauren Smith during the men’s championship defeat to Sunderland.

Smith was in the stands for the 3-2 loss at the Ashton Gate on Saturday.

“She supported the Bristol City team today and was told that women should not be in football but in the kitchen,” she wrote.

The men’s team shared Smith’s post with the response: “We fully condemn such abuse.”

They added: “This behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at Ashton Gate. We fully support Lauren Smith and are proud of our women’s team.”

“So a message to this guy,” Smith said, “You’re welcome anytime to Robins HPC (High Performance Centre, women’s team home stadium) to prove you’re very wrong!”

The incident came less than a week after England’s historic overtime win over Germany at Wembley to win the 2022 European Championship.

Campaign group HerGameToo, which works to raise awareness about sexual abuse in the game, said it would contact the city of Bristol about the incident.

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