The soccer team at Cardiff University has been banned from matches for two weeks after it advised players to target females with low-self esteem because they were “easier for sex.”
The Cardiff University Football Club has 150 players who are now suspended after having members give a PowerPoint presentation making light of women with low self-esteem, domestic violence, and even rape.
Players weren’t the only people to see the presentation; female members of a dance society were part of the joint meeting.
“It was totally unacceptable,” one student said. “All of the girls there were forced to the front to watch a PowerPoint which made light of girls with low self-esteem, spiking girls' drinks, domestic violence and even rape."
An official complaint was made to the Students’ Union.
"It was meant to be a joke by saying they were easier to have sex with. But it is no joke,” a member of the Student Union told the Telegraph.
The Cardiff University Atheltic Union said they were “shocked” by the presentation, which they say “promoted misconduct” on the team.
"The content of the presentation, delivered by senior members of the club who are role models to younger or newer members, should never have been delivered, irrespective of audience and location,” the union said in a letter. "It is equally concerning that it appears that this is not the first time this has been delivered."
A Cardiff University spokesman said the institution “strongly condemns” any conduct that demeans women.
“This marked a gross breach of the University’s Student Code, the Athletic Union’s Behavioural Code and fell short of basic respect and decency,” said the unnamed spokesman.
The club’s director of membership services, Steve Wilford, said there could be “no justification” for the presentation.
Individuals responsible for the presentation have reportedly been removed from the team.
During the two-week suspension, players are barred from training and competition. They will not participate in the annual Varsity competition with Swansea University.