'Sexist' footballer's wife hat causes fury near Manchester United stars' luxury enclave

'Sexist' pink hat removed from shelves in shop at National Trust site

Tatton Park is a National Trust site (Stock image)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A children's hat criticised for being sexist has been removed from sale at a National Trust site near the homes of several Manchester United and City players.

The pink hat had "future footballers wife" [sic] written on it and was being sold at Tatton Park, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Tatton Park, in Knutsford, lies close by the 'golden triangle' of Cheshire villages where several top football figures, including Wayne Rooney, David De Gea and Sir Alex Ferguson, are known to live.

Anger towards the park started when a woman named Laura Goss tweeted a photo of the piece.

She said: "Hey [National Trust] - this stupid hat is for sale at Tatton Park. Your young female visitors deserve better merch (+ better grammar)."

The better grammar comment referred to the slogan missing an apostrophe.

Others then also tweeted messages of disgust, with one user saying they would cancel their membership to National Trust if the hat wasn't removed from shelves.

However, the National Trust responded to Goss about the issue and explained that the park and shop was managed by Cheshire East Council and it did not sell the hat at sites it manages.

A spokesman for Tatton Park said: “Tatton management were made aware of the hats on Tuesday and removed them immediately from the shelves as we would obviously not want to upset or cause offence to anyone."

He added: "It was a genuine mistake. We obviously take any complaint very seriously and dealt with it immediately and apologised to the person raising the complaint."