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I am woman, hear me recite the offside rule

When a couple of British football announcers -- miked during a commercial break -- spouted off some not-so-nice statements about a female linesman Saturday, it started the latest debate about sexism in English soccer. Turns out, that woman knows a heck of a lot more than they do about the sport's most complicated rule.

Updated: January 26, 2011, 9:49 AM ET
By Rachel Ullrich

The offside rule in European soccer has a reputation of being increasingly complicated and hard to understand. Which is why there's an oh-so-helpful popular method of describing it to women: comparing it to ... shoe-shopping. (Yes, really, people compare offside to shoe shopping.) Lucky us, because, according to Sky Sports pundits Richard Keys and Andy Gray (pictured above), there's no way a woman could ever understand the rule. Even Sian Massey, a Premier League assistant referee who's undoubtedly ...

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