Chelsea manager accuses Arsenal manager of male aggression

Emma Hayes
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Arsenal women defeated Chelsea women 1-0 in the women’s League Cup final on Sunday. Arsenal won the game late in extra time, after a hard-fought battle between the two sides.

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes appeared to be unhappy with her Arsenal counterpart Jonas Eidevall following their Women’s League Cup defeat on Sunday.

Emma Hayes shoved him at full-time, and accused him of showing ‘male aggression’ on the touchline.

Following the final whistle, Eidevall approached Hayes as she entered the pitch but appeared to be pushed out of the way by the Blues boss, who will be leaving her job at the end of the season.

Hayes explained her actions post-match, as she revealed she was disappointed with Eidevall’s behaviour on the touchline during the game.

“I think there’s a way to behave on the side of the pitch and not for the first time, I’ve been in women’s football a long time and I don’t think we should tolerate male aggression like we did today,” she told BBC Sport.

“Fronting up or squaring up to a player is something that’s unacceptable.

“I’ve never been booked in 12 years of my career but I think there’s a way to behave on the touchline. He received a yellow card but perhaps should have been more.”

Eidevall however suggested the row was over the use of a multi-ball system in the game.

“Not much,” Eidevall said.

“We had a discussion before the game where both teams have to agree on whether they are going to play with multi-ball system or not.

“Chelsea said they wanted to play with one ball and we said we wanted to play with multi-ball and then when it suits them in the last few minutes of the game, they want to take another ball to take a quick throw in and I only said ‘you guys wanted to play with one ball.’

“So, it’s not my problem. It’s all good I think, it’s just in the heat of the moment.”

The Gunners beat Chelsea in the Cup final at the Molineux, with Stina Blackstenius scoring a dramatic winner in extra time after 116 minutes of play.