Piers Morgan fires back at Joey Barton’s ‘woke female pundit’ claims.

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Piers Morgan was joined by Joey Barton in Thursday’s edition of Piers Morgan Uncensored, where the pair discussed female presenters in men’s football.

However, the debate got incensed after Barton doubled down on his claims that women should not be allowed to comment on men’s football.

Barton took aim at the supposed “woke agenda” in the world of sports journalism.

“You have to be there on merit, not to fit this woke agenda that is going on in society,” he said.

Morgan was quick to fire back and question the football manager’s authority to speak on the topic.

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The TV host asked the former footballer: “To my knowledge – correct me if I’m wrong – you’ve never played Champions League or World Cup football… so does that qualify you [to commentate on those]?

“Does that qualify you to talk about Champions League football or World Cup football?”

Barton responded: “Yes, everybody is entitled to comment. I can talk about Premier League football, I can talk about Taekwondo.

“But it’s about credibility and journalistic standards, rather than this tokenism. They should be there on merit, not for quotas.”

Barton went on to emphasise that there are some female pundits who “are capable” and have “credibility”.

Prior to his appearance, Barton compared women commentating on football to men talking about knitting during a social media rant that lasted 12 hours.

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He claimed: “And this is the men’s game. I don’t want to come across as sexist, I want women in the men’s game. At Bristol Rovers, we had #HerGameToo which was a great initiative to get women in stadiums.

“But if we’re going to talk technical nuances and to educate the audience, then we must do that with the most credible people. Not people who tick boxes or fill quotas.”

Barton admitted that there were female presenters who were exceptions to his rule but when asked to name them by both Morgan and Westwood he refused to do so.

The one-cap England international is currently out of work having recently been sacked as manager of Bristol Rovers in October.

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