USWNT still appealing for equal pay, pitch invader in UK women’s match won’t be charged

Carli. by USWNT Lloyd waves to fan after she was replaced for the the final time as a member from the we Women’s National Squad versus Korea Republic in the second half from the game in Allianz Field on October 26, 2021.
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Legal technicalities are robbing soccer players of their odds on both sides this week. The invader took the field last week in the middle of a Champions League match (and quickly went viral for being dressed up by Chelsea’s Sam Kerr) he will not receive a fine for his misconduct. How come? It was a women’s match. And UK law, as it stands now, does not included women’s matches in “designated matches”. “Designated match” hecklers face a fine of one thousand euros (about $ 1125 in US dollars) but last week’s field invader cannot be legally charged or arrested.

A major concern here is the safety of the players, of course, as well as the lightness with which this young man wandered around the football pitch. And the law with the loophole in question here doesn’t come from some outdated amendment: it was made in 2004, three years after the founding of the UK Women’s Champion League.

Closer to home, the U.S. women’s national team is closing its equal pay appeal, after filing its final pleading in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday. Their original wage discrimination lawsuit against US football was dismissed in 2020 on the grounds that they earned more than their male counterparts, which they did only because they advanced far more than US men in consecutive World Cups. did not even qualify for the 2018 World Cup). In almost all other scenarios, excluding that which happened, including the qualification of the men’s team and the failure to win a single game, the pay per game of the men would have been higher than that of the women.

Even with the levels of stardom and success that the USWNT has achieved, the fact that there are still legal and financial barriers for them in the sport gives rise to trolls who insist that women’s sports must be lower than men’s in all ways – trolls like the one who ran on the pitch at the Chelsea game and walked around without caring about the world. And for the people “but the profits” – the US women’s team claims in their lawsuit that “despite generating over $ 20 million in revenue for the fiscal year ended 2016 and turning the federation’s anticipated loss into a profit. of $ 17.7 million, only a quarter of the salaries earned by the men’s team were paid. ” No, US Soccer is not responsible for the wide gap in FIFA earnings, but the match earnings of men’s and women’s US Soccer matches are nearly equal, with women earning slightly more – and men still getting paid a bit more. more per game under their US Soccer Accord.

The world’s most popular sport is essentially telling half of the world’s population that their contribution to football doesn’t mean much. It doesn’t matter that there was such lax security at the Chelsea game that a player had to take matters into his own hands. Never mind that the USWNT has been much more successful in representing their country internationally than the USMNT. There is a distinct lack of legal rights, financial recognition, and even basic safety protections for this group of successful professional athletes – is there anywhere else in sports that we see this kind of disrespect on multiple levels?

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