DOGEND, the Dorset Gender Relations Board has asked for a full explanation for what it alleges is a sexist tweet sent by Todber United midfielder Damian Thugge to team-mate Arnold van Biro. The tweet, which contained several images and an implied similarity between a cake brand character and van Biro, was posted after Todber's 18-0 demolition of Askerswell Athletic.
Anti-sexism group Stick It Out was said to be "shocked" last night by the "sexist stereotype" used in the tweet, which Thugge deleted but defended by posting: "Can't even take this piss out of an ugly f****r these days."
The two superstars, both 25, have been close friends since playing for Herston Academicals. But DOGEND, the Dorset Gender Relations Board are already thought to be investigating Thugge's tweet.
And Stick It Out are in no doubt that the Todber playmaker should face firm action.
They said in a statement: "Sexist stereotypes are never acceptable as 'banter', and we're shocked that someone who is a role model to millions has failed to understand the discriminatory nature of his post.
DOGEND has been notified and we believe that retrospective action should be taken, including mandatory education - which is vital to challenge offensive behaviour such as this."
Dorset Regional Cup winner van Biro responded to Thugge's tweet with some laughing emojis and an expletive of his own.
Asked if van Biro's response was itself offensive, a spokesperson for Stick It Out said it most certainly was not. "van Biro is an ugly f****r so he can say what he wants".