Manchester United Boss Casey Stoney: US Women Should Be Paid More Than Men's Team
Manchester United women's manager Casey Stoney has argued that the US female team should be paid more than their male counterparts.
The US women, who successfully defended their World Cup title in the summer, have been in a long-running dispute with United States Soccer Federation over equal pay and better rights.
And Stoney, who penned a new deal with the Red Devils last week, has thrown her full support behind the women in their lawsuit against US Soccer.
"They should be getting paid more, because they bring in more money [than the men]," she told the Daily Telegraph.
"It should be based on the revenue."
US star Megan Rapinoe, who has been an outspoken champion for equal pay in the sport, has once again called for women to "fight like hell" in their battle with US Soccer.
"Don't settle for anything less, go for equal, go for more, don't accept any of these sort of antiquated and BS answers," the 34-year-old winger told the BBC earlier this month.
"Until we have equal investment and over-investment really, because we've been so underserved for so long, we're not gonna have any sort of meaningful conversation about compensation and revenues and TV viewership.
"I know it's frustrating and hard -- at times you feel like you're banging your head against a wall -- but we're sort of in it anyways.
"It's a fact of life for us so we might as well fight like hell."
The United States women's national team filed a lawsuit against US Soccer in March and accused them of "institutionalised gender discrimination" over equal pay.
And it was announced in August that talks between the women's team and US Soccer had ended without reaching an agreement.
Jordan Nobbs and Beth England last week called for the English FA to pay men and women the same in football after Australia's landmark deal.
The Matildas' historic deal with the Football Federation Australia will mean that they match their male counterparts on the pay scale.
When United boss Stoney was asked if she wanted to see the same talk happen in England over equal pay, she responded: "No, I don't. I'm quite set on this."
According to the 37-year-old, the same conversation on equal pay can't happen until they start selling out more stadiums.
"Until we have sold out Wembley Stadium consistently, sell out our home grounds in the WSL consistently, get more money in the game, we can't ask for equal pay," she explained.
"I don't think it's right to. Yes, we want to increase wages, but in line with the way the game is growing commercially."
Ex-Ajax and Inter Milan boss Frank de Boer has slated the idea that female footballers should be paid the same as men.
However, England star Toni Duggan believes that women should be paid better in the sport, but not the same as their male counterparts.
And England captain Steph Houghton echoed Stoney's comments by saying that women shouldn't be on the same pay scale until they start selling out stadiums.
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