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Alex Scott aims subtle dig at Joey Barton during closing statement of Arsenal's WSL win over Chelsea

Alex Scott aims subtle dig at Joey Barton during closing statement of Arsenal's WSL win over Chelsea

The former Arsenal defender issued a classy statement.

Alex Scott aimed a subtle dig at Joey Barton during the BBC's coverage of the Women's Super League game between Arsenal and Chelsea.

The Gunners recorded an impressive 4-1 win over their London rivals at the Emirates on Saturday to draw level on points at the top of the table.

The contest bore witness to the biggest WSL crowd on record, with nearly 60,000 spectators in attendance.

After full-time, former Arsenal right-back Scott closed the BBC's coverage of the game with a powerful statement about women in football, seemingly in response to Joey Barton's recent social media outburst.

Last week, the former Queens Park Rangers midfielder came under widespread criticism after he claimed female presenters aren't "qualified" to speak about men's football.

"Come on. Let's be serious. It's a completely different game," he said on X, formerly known as Twitter. "If you don't accept that. We will always see things differently. The women's game is thriving. Fantastic to see. I cannot take a thing they say serious in the men's arena."

He has since continued to tweet about female pundits and commentators, attempting to rally other men to force a change in the game.

Since his extraordinary outburst, a number of leading figures in the world of women's football have had their say on the matter, including Scott, Chloe Kelly, Bianca Westwood, Laura Woods and Emma Hayes.

Scott has since issued a classy statement live on air, encouraging other women who work within football to continue to be role models for young girls.

She said: "Just before we say goodbye, to all the women in football, in front of the camera and behind it.

"To the players on the pitch, to everyone that attends games, keep being the role models that you continue to be to all those young girls that are told, 'no you can't'.

"Football is a better place with us all in it. Goodbye."

Featured Image Credit: BBC Sport

Topics: Alex Scott, Womens Football, Womens Super League, Joey Barton