First off, with regard to emotions there isn’t even an agreed upon list of what constitutes an emotion. But some of the more commonly accepted might be: Anger, Sadness, Fear, Happiness, Strong, Energized. There are others, and one might care to debate the ins and out of it, and certainly there are whole professions more adept at identifying this stuff, but I’m just trying to say there are a lot of emotions! It won’t do to conflate being emotional with just one of the emotions.
With that said, it seems clear to me that men and women are equally emotional. What emotions they feel more acutely, and how they process them internally and then express them externally, will obviously vary, and we can all share our experiences with that.
Now moving onto Shiels.
First thing I noticed was he is 65 years old. It is par for the course that slightly older people will sometimes say stuff that seems out of date. His comment wasn’t the most polished way he could have said it. It probably reinforced an unhelpful stereotype, but it wasn’t mean or nasty, or anything like that. Which brings me to the second point about Shiels.
He is obviously a good man. The people close to him, who work with him and known him, stood up for him. If they don’t like you, they will use this sort of thing as a reason to knife you in the back. But they didn’t do that, which is telling. Now the media tried to make a big of a thing of it, but there’s no surprise in that.
The third thing about Shiels is that he should show his data. If he has a hypothesis I.e. women footballers are more prone to conceding a second goal once the first one goes in - then he should produce data to support the hypothesis.
Then finally, if there is data to support it, there is a subsequent and interesting discussion to be had, along the lines of “Why do women footballers concede a second goal more readily than their male counterparts?”
If it is indeed proven to be the case, I’m confident that the conclusion is much bigger than the one Shiels has suggested, and there will be other factors, besides emotions, in play, not least coaching, experience, relative talent of the opponent, etc.
I’m not an expert on the women’s game, but I would imagine England has a bigger talent pool than Northern Ireland, so if one goes in, then 2, 3, 4, 5, it is probably more to do with how good the teams are, rather than one of them being especially emotional, whatever he means by that.