NEWCASTLE Jets have expressed their disappointment at inappropriate comments posted on their Facebook page after seeking help to accommodate American imports for their W-League team this season.
The post on Tuesday prompted several explicit responses, and advocacy group Women Sport Australia reacted angrily when they were not immediately removed.
"These sexually explicit and lewd comments are objectionable, inappropriate and derogatory to all women and especially to women in sport," WSA president Carol Fox said.
"They cast the Newcastle Jets club, the sport of soccer and Australian sport into disrepute.
"The fact that these comments were not moderated and not immediately deleted makes the club guilty of inaction and of failing to take a leadership role in their sport and in their community."
WSA have called on Football Federation Australia and the W-League to take action against those making the inappropriate comments.
The Jets said in a statement: “The club would like to express its disappointment at some of the disparaging commentary on our call for expressions of interest via social media. The club in no way supports these archaic attitudes or disgusting comments towards women, with the comments removed as soon as possible.”
The club also came under fire from some fans for trying to billet the W-League rather than finding them private accommodation.
The Jets said the billeting proposal was “requested by the players and their agents” and was “common practice” in America.
“The club’s call for EOIs will be followed by a rigorous selection process, with girls’ best interests at the forefront of any decision,” their statement said.