A Query Of Sport: Alex Scott breaks her silence in message to her followers
Alex Scott insisted her A Query Of Sport internet hosting job was not a finished deal on Instagram on Friday as she thanked her followers for his or her ‘love and help.’
The Ex England defender, 35, wrote: ‘The love & help proven to me yesterday has me smiling by means of the weekend #thankyou I’m going to #keeponkeepingon like at all times!
‘The one factor that’s signed sealed delivered that I’m buzzing about proper now although is…[email protected] @Arsenal #COYG.’
‘It is not signed’: Alex Scott insisted her rumoured A Query Of Sport internet hosting job was not a finished deal as she thanked her followers for his or her ‘help’ on Instagram on Friday
Retaining match: Alex, 35, went for a run that day after receiving each supportive and abusive messages on Twitter following the rumours she is ready to take over from Sue Barker, 64
Her phrases got here after BBC pundit Gary, 59, was accused of race-baiting when he tweeted a hearsay as truth and urged folks to not have an issue with the appointment.
He wrote on Thursday: ‘Congratulations and good luck to @AlexScott on being the brand new host for Query Of Sport.
‘Good, educated and completely certified for the function. Oh… and if in case you have an issue with Alex getting the job, you may simply be a part of the issue.’
‘Thanks’: Alex shared a candy message following the rumours of her doable appointment on the a lot love sporting present
Afterwards, numerous folks tweeted their help in direction of Alex, who’s of Irish and Jamaican descent, getting the job, however others despatched vile abuse.
One wrote: ‘Wow, I see you bought the job Sue Barker has finished so properly for thus a few years. It is clearly due to your presenting abilities. Nothing else. Nothing PC. Nothing about having token black folks on the BBC. You should be very proud.’
One other wrote: ‘She is going to fail…black and no allure.’
Adjustments: Sue, 64, has been axed from the BBC present, alongside group captains Matt Dawson (left) and Phil Tufnell (proper) and Alex has been broadly tipped to exchange her
Congratulations and good luck: Gary was accused of ‘race-baiting’ after he prematurely confirmed the information on Twitter and referred to as out anybody who had an issue with the choice
A 3rd added: ‘What is the obsession together with her she’s absolute dug meat…simply because she’s a black girl #positivediscrimination’
The BBC was compelled to disclaim claims she had bought the function as 64-year-old Sue Barker’s alternative, saying that nothing had been determined simply but.
A BBC Spokesperson informed MailOnline: ‘That is all hypothesis, and no conversations have been made concerning the future line-up.’
Sweaty: Whereas on her run, Alex whipped off her prime to indicate her sports activities bra and leggings
Match: She was giving it her all on her fast-paced dash in a north London park
No diva: She saved a low profile as she put herself by means of her paces
Beautiful: Alex was deep in focus when she ran together with her cellphone in hand and has been holding optimistic regardless of the furore surrounding her doable new job
Former Strictly contestant Alex has been rumoured to turn out to be 64-year-old Sue’s alternative after she was axed as host after 24 years, alongside group captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell
Gary’s newest publish comes days after he appeared to shrug off the brand new BBC director-general’s warning to workers to chop out political tweeting as it’s revealed he is not going to be sure by the brand new impartiality guidelines.
The outspoken Match of the Day presenter recommended he was relaxed by Tim Davie’s anti-bias drive, which referred to as upon workers to rein of their social media.
He replied ‘nah’ in response to recommendations he ought to be ‘terrified’ of the clampdown.
Racism: Whereas numerous folks have been supportive concerning the considered Alex internet hosting AQOS, others have despatched vile abuse
As a contract presenter Lineker has area to voice his opinions and has not been hamstrung by the BBC’s code of impartiality which restricts full-time workers.
A BBC spokesman mentioned: ‘[Lineker] shouldn’t be concerned in any information or political output for the BBC and, as such, any expression of his private political beliefs doesn’t have an effect on the BBC’s impartiality.’
The Match Of The Day host has signed a brand new five-year contract with the broadcaster, with a 23% pay reduce – from £1.75 million to round £1.35 million.
The wording of Gary’s tweet about her appointment additionally appeared to ire the lots when he was accused of ‘race-baiting folks for an argument’.
They wrote: ‘Lineker is actual race baiter – appears he likes to stir issues – I like Alex Scott – however Lineker ought to simply get on together with his different job as housing Officer ( to anybody however British) #DefundTheBBC.’
‘What a smug, smug man you might be! What was the purpose of that final remark? no want! You’re simply baiting folks for an argument.
‘If she’s the proper particular person for the job then good for her, no have to convey color into it. You are a part of the issue!’
‘Your final remark of your tweet is a part of the issue cease beginning a silly debate!!’
Tone deaf: Gary was accused of ‘baiting folks for an argument’ together with his newest publish
In the meantime, a supply claimed that rumours Alex can be given the brand new job had ‘nothing to do with gender, neither is it a case of the BBC attempting to be woke’.
An insider informed The Solar that Alex was ‘lined up’ as Sue’s alternative as a result of she has numerous sporting information and expertise.
They mentioned: ‘Like Sue, she’s a former sportswoman and he or she additionally has 5 years of broadcasting beneath her belt.
Confirmed: Alex’s star has risen all of the extra since she competed on Strictly in 2019
‘This has nothing to do with gender, neither is it a case of the BBC attempting to be woke.
The supply additionally defined how Alex had impressed BBC bosses when she appeared on the present up to now.
The BBC has failed to achieve its 2020 goal for Black, Asian and minority ethic (BAME) leaders, they admitted on Tuesday.
In a briefing to stipulate their annual report, new director-general Tim Davie informed journalists that the organisation must ‘do higher on range’.
The BBC launched a report in 2018, which dedicated to a 15% BAME management goal by 2020.
They pledged to nominate a minimum of two BAME members on each senior management group by the tip of 2020.
Celeb reactions: TV star Richard Osman and Piers Morgan additionally waded into the controversy about Alex’s rumoured appointment following Gary’s tweet
Alex has guest-starred on A Query Of Sport twice, with one event being aired in November 2016.
Throughout the episode she appeared alongside Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell, England cricketer Mark Wooden and Scottish rugby star Stuart Hogg.
Throughout her athletic profession, Alex has represented Nice Britain on the London 2012 Olympics and was awarded an MBE in 2016 in addition to scoring 12 targets for England.
After retiring from soccer in 2017 she went on to be the primary feminine pundit on Sky Sport’s Tremendous Sunday present.
Alex has loads of presenting expertise as she has additionally co-presented CBBC’s Match of the Day Kickabout and BBC One’s The Girls’s Soccer Present.
On display: Alex beforehand appeared on A Query Of Sport in 2016 alongside Scottish rugby star Stuart Hogg (pictured throughout the present)
Final yr, she appeared on Strictly Come Dancing and was partnered with skilled dancer Neil Jones.
It comes after Sue, who will keep on because the company’s face of Wimbledon, informed of her disappointment at having to go away the present after 24 years.
She mentioned that the BBC needed to take away her from A Query Of Sport as she would by no means have left her dream job voluntarily.
She informed Sportsmail on Sunday: ‘I like the present a lot they must take away me, it could have been robust for me to stroll away.
‘I’ve completely cherished my 24 years fronting A Query Of Sport, it has been my dream job,’ she mentioned.
‘However I perceive the BBC need to take the present in a brand new path and I am unhappy to say goodbye.’
Profession: Alex has beforehand performed for England and Arsenal earlier than changing into a profitable TV presenter (pictured in 2017)
Household: Alex, pictured together with her mom, Carol in March 2019, is of Irish and Jamaican descent
Barker will proceed with presenting duties for the subsequent two summers at Wimbledon, having signed a three-year deal final yr.
Sportsmail understands she signed a brand new three-year contract final yr to hold her by means of till a minimum of 2022, one thing that may come as a aid to many viewers.
Sue, Matt and Phil are but to touch upon Alex’s new function. MailOnline has contacted their representatives for remark.
The choice to axe Miss Barker sparked fury from critics who accused the BBC of ageism, together with former BBC radio and TV presenter Wendy Austin who tweeted: ‘No ageism/sexism within the BBC then…
One thing to say: Shortly after Gary’s tweet, followers took to Twitter of their droves to precise their views, which have been a blended bag
Ex-newsreader Jennie Bond informed GMB: ‘Sue will probably be hurting this morning. You’ll be able to’t do something about your age and there’s a strain on tv, notably for girls, to look youthful.’
On Monday, sources disclosed to Sportsmail that Alex is well liked by the broadcaster and within the combine to exchange Barker as presenter.
Ex-Tottenham and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas was additionally mentioned to be within the operating to turn out to be one of many new group captains, with the BBC eager to diversify.
Shortly after the announcement, followers took to Twitter to precise their views.
They wrote: ‘A drained previous present – which has had a number of group captains and former presenters – deciding to freshening issues up is hardly earth shattering.’
‘I hope the scores plummet! , which they’ll as hoards swap off the BBC. that is purely a call taken to appease the racial slant. Sue Barker will at all times be the face of QoS.’
‘All the easiest to Alex Scott. At all times have to liven issues up a bit. Alex at all times comes throughout very properly.’
‘At occasions individuals are thrust right into a place as a token gesture. However within the case of Alex Scott it is completely warrented. She’s among the best proper now.’
Finish of an period: It was revealed this week that Sue had been axed as host of the present after 24 years. She is going to nonetheless be proceed with presenting duties for the subsequent two summers at Wimbledon
Alex Scott: The woman who dreamed of taking part in at Wembley, confirmed up Alan Shearer, dined with Putin and received legion of followers on Strictly
By Amie Gordon for MailOnline
She unlaced her soccer boots and swapped the pitch for the ballroom, and now Alex Scott might add one other string to her bow as rumours abound that she is to take the helm at a Query of Sport.
After days of fevered hypothesis, the 35-year-old England player-turned-pundit has been tipped as Sue Barker’s successor on the long-running BBC sports activities present.
Former Strictly contestant Scott, who as soon as revealed she confronted threats of rape and acid assaults, might take over subsequent yr after Barker, 64, was axed after 24 years, alongside group captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell.
From the pitch to the ballroom: Alex performed for England and Arsenal earlier than changing into a profitable TV presenter (left in 2017). Proper, on Strictly final yr
The transfer can be Scott’s greatest presenting gig to this point, having solid a profitable profession as a pundit on Sky Sports activities and the BBC.
The previous Arsenal right-back, who was introduced up on a council property in Poplar, east London by her single mom, was taken on by the London membership aged simply eight.
She labored within the Arsenal laundry room as a teen to make further money, earlier than happening to Captain the ladies’s group and cause them to FA Cup victory.
Alex and Neil have been eradicated on week 11 of Strictly, and the footballer’s stint on the present noticed her dance alongside Kevin Clifton for 2 weeks after her dance associate needed to pull out quickly due to an harm
She mentioned it ‘blows my thoughts’ when younger ladies hail her as an inspiration.
Talking final yr, she mentioned she did not have any feminine footballers to look as much as when she was a toddler, and as a substitute idolised her mom Carol McKee and Arsenal legend Ian Wright.
Scott based an academy for younger feminine footballers, completed her profession because the second most capped England participant with 140 appearances and was awarded an MBE in 2017.
Nevertheless it hasn’t all been plain crusing. After protecting the boys’s World Cup in Russia for the BBC in 2018, Scott has been dogged by abuse on-line and turned to alcohol and underwent remedy in a bid to deal with the trolling.
However the retired Lioness will defy the critics if she takes up the publish subsequent yr.
Star within the making: The previous Arsenal right-back, who was introduced up on a council property in Poplar, east London by her single mom, was taken on by the London membership aged simply eight
Scott performed her final recreation in 2018, and completed her profession because the second most capped England participant with 140 appearances, taking part in in three World Cups. She was awarded an MBE in 2017 – pictured right here together with her mom, late grandmother and neice
In an interview with the Guardian in 2018, Scott, who was born to folks of Jamaican and Irish descent, detailed the abuse she was subjected to.
She mentioned: ‘The feedback have been like: ‘I do know the place you reside. I will come and throw acid in your face. I will rape you.”
Whereas she says she’s discovered to disregard the feedback, she says seeing how ‘it upsets my mum is difficult.’
Tea on the Kremlin: The 35-year-old alongside Rio Ferdinand (proper) with Vladimir Putin (centre) in 2018
In 2008, Scott moved to US aspect Boston Breakers for 2 years earlier than returning to Arsenal, main her group to an FA Cup victory as Captain.
In 2011 she based the Alex Scott Academy for feminine footballers aged 16-19.
The previous Arsenal right-back was taken on by the London membership on the age of simply eight
She performed her final recreation in 2018, and completed her profession because the second most capped England participant with 140 appearances, taking part in in three World Cups.
Relating the rising recognition in girls’s soccer, she informed The Solar on Sunday, ‘I like the actual fact ladies have extra visibility now. Not simply throughout sport, in all industries.’
The 35-year-old England player-turned-pundit (pictured on the UEFA Girls’s Euro 2017) is considered Sue Barker’s successor on the long-running BBC sports activities present
Talking to Good day! journal alongside her Strictly associate final yr, Alex informed the journal she was single and comfortable as she denied rumours she and her associate Neil Jones had struck up a romance.
She added: ‘I am single nevertheless it’s not like I would like to search out somebody. I like issues to occur organically and if somebody comes into my life and we get on, then nice. It is not like I would like to search around for it.’
She mentioned she and Neil shared a ‘connection’ however Scott confirmed she, ‘got here out of a long-term relationship’ simply earlier than she went on Strictly.
The duo have been eradicated on week 11 of Strictly.
Scott captioned this snap: ‘Sure I did work within the Arsenal laundry aged 16/17 to earn some further money, and I bought to have a photograph with my fave [Ian Wright..But I still pinch myself as I fast forward to the now..I managed to go on to captain Arsenal and make a career for myself along the way. #dreambig’ [sic]
After rising to the highest of her recreation in soccer, Scott went on to turn out to be the primary feminine pundit for males’s Premier League video games on Sky Sports activities.
In 2018, she travelled to Russia alongside Rio Ferdinand to fulfill Vladimir Putin on the Kremlin.
The pair and a bunch of different ‘world soccer legends’ – together with Peter Schmeichel and Lothar Matthaus – loved tea and cake with the Russian president earlier than gifting him a soccer shirt emblazoned together with his identify.
Talking in 2019, she made clear her ambition to look on prime time TV when she mentioned she would greater than fortunately ‘put my identify within the hat’ ought to Gary Lineker determine he is ‘had sufficient’ of fronting Match of the Day.
Scott performed her final recreation in 2018, and completed her profession because the second most capped England participant with 140 appearances, taking part in in three World Cups. She was awarded an MBE in 2017 – pictured right here together with her mom, late grandmother and niece
However Scott mentioned her presence on display in a historically male-dominated occupation triggered horrendous abuse which started whereas she was nonetheless taking part in.
The previous Arsenal right-back was taken on by the London membership on the age of simply 8
The star was near her late grandmother, who she ‘listened to for hours about her childhood in Jamaica’
In dialog with Watford captain Troy Deeney as a part of the Heads Up marketing campaign specializing in psychological well being, the star revealed the extent to which the web ‘trolling’ affected her.
‘After I retired, getting trolled, I discovered that I used to be turning to drink to try to cover every part, cover what I used to be feeling,’ she mentioned.
‘I did not inform anybody, I did not inform my mum as a result of I did not need her to fret or put that stress on her. I used to be simply that particular person (who thought) ‘I can take care of myself, I can take care of stuff’ however clearly typically that is the fallacious approach.
‘I bought to a darkish place and it was over Christmas, that is once I was like ‘I can not stick with it like this, it is not me, I would like to hunt assist’ and that led me into remedy.
Alex pictured in a throwback college photograph together with her large brother
‘I need to take that stigma away from it. Now once I discuss psychological well being, right away I am smiling as a result of I do know what it is finished for me to go away that place. I am content material.
‘I am comfortable, and I’ve used the instruments that I’ve discovered to be in that place.’
Talking to the Sunday Mirror final yr, she mentioned: ‘I had all of it — for being a lady on TV, for being a lady of color on TV, that I am ticking a field, dying threats.
‘I had the lot. However I am nonetheless standing. On a regular basis I believed, ‘No, I am good at my job’. That is why I did my diploma, so nobody can ever say I am simply there as a result of I am a tick in a field.’
Talking after her stint on Strictly, Scott revealed she was present process remedy to deal with the abuse, telling the Solar: ‘I might say I am nonetheless on a journey. I am nonetheless in remedy so I am nonetheless studying tips on how to talk with my feelings extra.’
Scott, pictured right here as a teen in east London, mentioned it ‘blows my thoughts’ when younger ladies hail her as an inspiration
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