Helen MacNamara, a former Whitehall official fined in the Partygate scandal, oversaw a Premier League “stasi” unit investigating a Newcastle United fan for gender-critical social media comments. The Telegraph has the story.
A special unit set up to root out racism in the game was used to trawl through social media comments about transgender issues made by Linzi Smith, a loyal supporter of the club, despite them having nothing to do with football.
The 11-page Online Investigation and Target Profile produced by the Premier League investigation unit led to the club revoking her membership in November and banning her from games until 2026.
The Telegraph has learnt Helen MacNamara, who was fined by the police in the Partygate scandal, was until recently the Premier League executive responsible for the policies now at the centre of Ms. Smith’s legal battle.
Ms. Smith is taking legal action to overturn her ban from Newcastle United, arguing that her right to exercise gender-critical views – the opinion that transgender women are not women – is protected in law, and that the Premier League’s trawl of her personal social media account constituted a breach of data protection laws.