LONDON -- The British government has condemned "completely unacceptable" comments about women by the head of the Premier League.

Pressure has been growing on league chief executive Richard Scudamore despite issuing an apology on Sunday when a British newspaper published parts of leaked email containing jokes about women.

The Football Association said it would not discipline one of the English games most powerful figures, but now Sports Minister Helen Grant has intervened in the controversy.

In a statement, Grant says she "found the content of those emails completely unacceptable and very disappointing, particularly at a time when there is so much good work and progress being made promoting women's sport."

Grant added that she is determined "to help tackle all forms of discrimination in sport. There is absolutely no place for it."