Ian Wright has criticized Northern Ireland manager Kenny Shiels for his controversial comments about women’s football.
Shiels claimed that women’s soccer teams concede more goals in a row because they are “emotional” than men.
The comments came after his team was beaten 5-0 by England on Tuesday in their 2023 World Cup qualifier, with four of the goals coming in the second half.
The Lionesses scored their second in the 52nd minute before further goals in the 60th, 70th and 79th minutes.
His post-match interview in which he made the comments was not well received on social media, with former Arsenal star Wright leading the reaction to the comments.
Northern Ireland manager Kenny Shiels controversially noted that women are more ’emotional’ than men after their 5-0 defeat to England in a 2023 World Cup qualifier
The now football pundit wrote on Twitter: ‘Kenny Shiels talks foolishness! Talk about emotional women! Didn’t that man see how many times I cried on the PITCH!’
Alongside his post, Wright added two photos of himself crying on the pitch during his time at Arsenal.
Former England Women goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain described Shiels’ comments as ‘bizarre’.
She told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘However, Chamberlain told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘We all know – and we get it imprinted on us as footballers – the five minutes after you concede a goal, the five minutes after you score a goal the board, not only in women’s football, also in men’s football, you are more likely to concede a goal, and you are more likely to score again.
Ian Wright’s social media condemnation led to Shiels’ controversial comments
Former England goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain described the comments as ‘bizarre’
‘That’s not just in the women’s game, it’s also in the men’s game and to generalize that to women is a somewhat bizarre comment.
“You have to take a little bit of responsibility to know what value words can have and when you’re giving post-game press conferences when you’re feeling emotional after a big game it’s important to make sure you speak wisely and are aware of the consequences.” message that your words can carry.’
Football fans have also lashed out at Shiels, with one claiming he will be fired by the end of the week.
Malachy McGowan commented: ‘Kenny Shiels P45 by the weekend.’
Malcolm Webster made the point that men’s teams are also conceding goals in quick succession, highlighting the collapse of Paris Saint-Germain in the second half of their Champions League foray to Real Madrid.
He wrote: ‘This level of 70s-style Kenny Shiels sexism suggests he has no place in the women’s game.
“I’ve seen plenty of men’s teams do this over the years. PSG came to mind recently. He should go.’
David Wanlass posted: ‘Kenny Shiels after his interview last night,’ with a GIF of Hagrid from Harry Potter saying, ‘I shouldn’t have said that.’
The Lionesses scored their first goal of the second half in the 52nd minute on Tuesday
They then added more goals in the 60th, 70th and 79th minutes in the comfortable win
Dean Keenan commented, “Kenny Shiels in…. ‘Kenny Shiels opens his mouth and a load of shit comes out’ SHOCK Shame on him for being involved in the women’s game. That guy is a clown.’
While Colin McBride also added: ‘Shocked it took Kenny Shiels so long in this job to show himself as a total b***end.’
The loss to the Lionesses came after Northern Ireland’s 3-1 defeat to Austria on Friday, where the opposition scored three goals within nine minutes.
And Shiels attributed the rapid succession of goals in both defeats to the fact that women were “emotional.”
“In the women’s game, as you no doubt know, I’ve noticed when you go through the patterns,” Shields said.
Shiels said women’s teams are more likely to concede goals in quick succession
The manager’s comments will raise questions about his future at Northern Ireland
“When a team concedes a goal, it concedes a second in a very short time, right across the spectrum of the women’s game, because girls and women are more emotional than men.
“So they take a goal that doesn’t come in very well. When we came down 1-0, we tried to slow it down to give them time to get that emotional imbalance out of their heads.
“That’s a problem we have. Not just in Northern Ireland, but in all countries of the world.’ Shiels then remarked, “I shouldn’t have told you that.”
Shiels has been manager of the Northern Ireland women’s team since 2019, leading the country to qualify for this summer’s European Championship – their first major tournament.
However, his comments will raise questions about his future as manager of the Northern Ireland women’s team.
Sportsmail has approached the Football Association of Northern Ireland for comment