Alex Scott will become the new host of the BBC’s long-running Question of Sport, replacing Sue Barker.

LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 14: Jordan Nobbs and Alex Scott look on from the TV studio during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group D match between England and Argentina at on June 14, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE – JUNE 14: Jordan Nobbs and Alex Scott look on from the TV studio during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France group D match between England and Argentina at on June 14, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

The Arsenal legend, who hold a degree in sports journalism and broadcasting as well as track record as an impeccable pundit who is always far more prepared than her male colleagues has, sadly, been met by a predictable outcry from a section of gammon who feel supremely threatened by a woman who knows more than they do, never mind a black one.

The announcement comes nearly a year to the day that Scott revealed the awful abuse she had to endure when featuring on Strictly, about which you can read more below.

https://twitter.com/HughWoozencroft/status/1306572548591833088

https://twitter.com/GaryLineker/status/1306537549150773249

In September 2019, Scott revealed she received death threats and racist abuse simply for appearing on TV’s Strictly Come Dancing.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 26: Alex Scott attends the "Strictly Come Dancing" launch show red carpet at Television Centre on August 26, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Lia Toby/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 26: Alex Scott attends the “Strictly Come Dancing” launch show red carpet at Television Centre on August 26, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Lia Toby/Getty Images)

“I had all of it – for being a woman on TV, for being a woman of colour on TV, that I’m ‘ticking a box’, death threats,” Scott told the Sunday Mirror. “But I’m still standing.”

Twitter messages saying she ‘deserves to die’ are, sadly, something women have to endure on social media simply for existing. If they happen to be living as a queer woman it’s even worse and if they are a woman of colour, well, then it’s just open season.

Sunday Mirror

At the time the article was written for the Sunday Mirror, some of the tweets were still online. Had they contained copyrighted goals from the Premier League, however, no doubt they would have been removed within minutes and the accounts suspended, at the very least.

But racism and other forms of abuse aimed at minorities frequently go unpunished across all social platforms.

It’s a reflection of how seriously we take this matter as a society. As Paddy Power pointed out at the time:

Thankfully, a number of the major Sunday paper’s gave this issue prominence:

Sunday People
Sunday Express

The Mail on Sunday, however, gave it just a small piece which was still better than the left-wing Observer that didn’t cover it all.

Let’s see how much coverage they give to the latest round of increased abuse Scott has had to endure.