Lily Allen has come under fire on Twitter for calling for football to be banned for kids.
The outspoken singer made the remark as part of a discussion around ways to prevent children from being sexually abused, with Lily linking to a Guardian story on how there are more stories in football to be told one year after Andy Woodward’s brave story came to light.
The singer shared a link to footballer Andy Woodward’s story where he speaks out about the abuse he suffered and next to this she wrote: ‘To be honest I think it’s time we talked about banning sports in this country.’
Mother-of-two Lily made her comment after one Twitter user wrote: ‘I’m quite tired of people who think rape or sexual assault is just this special evil problem that only Muslim blokes do to us poor Westerners, when it’s a problem in pretty much every society thanks to toxic masculinity.’
However, the Smile star’s comment did not sit well with football fans with immediate backlash poured at the singer.
One Twitter user replied to Lily and said: ‘Banning sports, bit extreme Lily…. I presume you’re wearing your silly head this morning!’
While another didn’t see her logic and compared banning sports to banning TV.
They said: ‘That’s like saying we should ban TV because of Jimmy Saville’.
Another put his opinion across by saying: ‘Musicians next’.
While one added: ‘Ban schools, as well? What about churches? Close down all youth clubs’.
Other people stuck up for the singer and claimed she was just being sarcastic, as they wrote: ‘Wow. People really don’t get sarcasm anymore, do they?’