Alex Scott laughs off Joey Barton’s rant over her analysing men’s game

Alex Scott has laughed off Joey Barton's appalling rant after saying that she has "no authority" to speak on men's football.

The Arsenal legend was one female pundit singled out by the ex-Premier League player who has gone on a social media rampage this past week unloading on female pundits and commentators who work on men's football.

Barton, 41, has angered many on social media with this views but Scott, 39 – who has become an accomplished broadcaster since retiring from football in 2018 – laughed off the rants by the former Manchester City star.

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Taking to her Instagram story, Scott was talking with an unknown colleague in a clip and asked him: "Who are you interviewing?" to which he responded: "I'm interviewing you actually." The England great then jokingly said: "Oh are you? What are we talking about, Joey Barton?" before she and her colleague began laughing.

Barton was active on X (formerly known as Twitter) during Wednesday's (December 6) Premier League fixtures broadcasted by Amazon Prime with their coverage being fronted by the likes Gabby Logan, Eni Aluko and Siobhan Chamberlain which the Liverpool native had something to say about.

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Writing on the social media platform, Barton said: "Any man who listens to Women commentary or co-comms needs their heads testing…"

He added: "Women shouldn’t be talking with any kind of authority in the men’s game. Come on. Let’s be serious. It’s a completely different game. 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."

Despite BBC Radio host Simon Harris pointed out that Scott has a degree in sports writing and broadcasting, Barton was still adamant that she has no authority to speak about men's football. He wrote: "Again, fantastic women’s footballer. Decorated in her game. If she’s presenting a men’s game, no problem, anchor the show.

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"But, no, she isn’t qualified to talk with any authority about the men’s game in my opinion." He continued his targeting of Scott during an appearance on Piers Morgan Uncensored on Thursday (December 7) and said while she's won eight league titles, three WSL Cups and seven FA Cups, her honours don't translate to the Premier League.

"She hasn’t played in it. One is 200 years old and one is about 40 years old. It’s the same rules but football is about a lot more than rules," he added.

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