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The BBC's Vicki Sparks has been a commentator since 2014
The BBC's Vicki Sparks has become the first woman to commentate live on a World Cup match in the UK.The broadcaster voiced BBC One's coverage of Portugal v Morocco in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday.Women in Football - an organisation which promotes female representation in the sport - hailed her as a "history maker".The BBC and ITV have both increased the number of women in their coverage of this year's World Cup.
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History maker! Well done @vksparks who this afternoon became the FIRST EVER woman to commentate live on a #WorldCup game for British TV by taking to the mic for @BBC for #PortugalvMorocco Report
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Jacqui Oatley, who was the first female commentator on Match of the Day, is presenting for ITV, while England and Juventus player Eniola Aluko is a studio pundit.
The BBC is also using Gabby Logan as a reporter, with Alex Scott from Arsenal in the studio.
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Loving Vicki Sparks' commentary on the @BBC #WorldCup It's about time we had a female commentator! She sounds like she was born for the role #PortogalloMarocco— Rio Overton (@RioOverton) June 20, 2018
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As a kid I used to turn off the sound on games and try to commentate. Hearing Vicki Sparks on the BBC rn makes me so excited for all the little girls who get to hear a female voice doing just that. #PORMOR ???— Sien ? (@queensien) June 20, 2018
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Ms Sparks got her break in 2014 after a BBC recruitment drive for new voices in football commentary to cover the FA Women's Super League.A broadcast assistant at Radio Newcastle at the time, she has since worked on BBC Five Live, Final Score and Match of the Day."I've always wanted to try and get into commentary so thought I'd go for it and see what happened," she told the BBC's in-house magazine, Ariel.
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Why oh why must we have women commentating on football ?? Please someone tell Vicki Sparks she is trying too hard, I enjoy football but please girls leave it to the men !!— NannyGoat (@nannygoatwba) June 20, 2018
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She also hit the headlines last year when then-Sunderland manager David Moyes apologised and was fined ?30,000 for making an inappropriate joke to her after an interview.Mr Moyes said: "It was getting a wee bit naughty at the end there, so just watch yourself. You still might get a slap even though you're a woman."
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