I'm A Celebrity star Sam Quek has defended calling an all-woman World Cup presenting panel “beautiful”.
The Olympic hockey gold medallist, 30, praised Gabby Logan and pundits Alex Scott, Hope Solo, and Gemma Fay.
Their appearance after England’s defeat of Scotland prompted Sam to tweet: “Has there ever been a more beautiful and competent presenting and punditry team?”
Trolls accused her demeaning women’s football and claimed a man saying the same thing would have been blasted.
But Sam, supported by an army of fans, angrily hit back: “I can’t think of a single negative effect it would have on the four ladies to say whilst they aren’t only competent they also look beautiful.
“My Tweet was about them being beautiful and competent.
“I still fail to understand why I shouldn’t have said they were beautiful when the two are mutually exclusive?
“Much like if a flower is yellow and smells good, it’s colour has no link to it’s smell.”
Sam later posted a photo of an all-male TV panel from England’s Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands including Jamie Redknapp and Jamie Carragher.
She wrote: “What a handsome and very competent presenter/punditry team!
“Sorry for the people finding this question offensively “sexist” I would like to rephrase to… “what a beautiful and very competent presenting / punditry team!” – my sincerest apologies.”
Philip Bernie, Head of TV, BBC Sport said: "The much anticipated clash of the home nations, England v Scotland on BBC One yesterday, didn’t disappoint and attracted a record-breaking peak viewing figure for women’s football in the UK.
"We are very pleased with how the event, and our coverage, has begun.
"The BBC is very proud to be televising every game from the Women’s World Cup and look forward to bringing all the action to the widest possible audiences for the remainder of the tournament."
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