Emma Hayes says ‘male aggression’ should not be tolerated as Jonas Eidevall defends himself after Conti Cup final altercation

Emma Hayes storms off after clashing with Jonas Eidevall at Molineux

Emma Hayes and Jonas Eidevall clashed at the end of the Conti Cup final; the Chelsea manager said Eidevall show ‘male aggression’ in confrontation with Erin Cuthbert; Eidevall claims disagreement over use of multi-ball or single ball systems.

The pair clashed at the end of the Gunners’ 1-0 win over Chelsea at Molineux – retaining their competition title in the process – with Hayes pushing Eidevall during a heated exchange of words.

The Arsenal manager later explained how a disagreement over using a multi-ball or single-ball system had been the root cause, but Hayes was angry with his actions towards her player.

She told BBC Sport: “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.

“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.”

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