US Women's Players Call For President To Resign After Comments On Equal Pay
There are calls for the US Soccer president, Carlos Cordeiro, to step down after the federation claimed the role of a men's national team player requires a higher level of skill and ability than the job of a women's national team player.
All 28 USWNT players, including the likes of Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, have filed a lawsuit against against the governing body as they seek more than $66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
And in a statement approved by Cordeiro, arguing against equal pay for the four-time World Cup winners, the federation came across as incredibly sexist.
The USSF's lawyers argued: "The overall soccer-playing ability required to compete at the senior men's national team level is materially influenced by the level of certain physical attributes, such as speed and strength, required for the job."
The language of the comments, particularly the "indisputable science" line, prompted a furious response from sponsors such as Coca Cola Visa, Deloitte and Budweiser - and led to Cordeiro to issue on a apology.
A statement read: "I sincerely apologise for the offence and pain caused by language in this week's court filing, which did not reflect the values of our federation.
"I have made it clear to our legal team that even as we debate facts and figures in the course of this case, we must do so with the utmost respect."
Statement from the US Soccer Federation. pic.twitter.com/KzYIXieRrj
- Emma Sanders (@em_sandy) March 12, 2020
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The US Women's side made a statement by change their tops inside out to hide their badges prior to their SheBelieves Cup final victory over Japan at the Toyota Stadium in Dallas last night.
Abby Wambach and Michelle Akers, two of the :goat:, now calling on US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro to resign. https://t.co/4hrym1i5MP
- Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) March 12, 2020
And Ballon d'Or winner Rapinoe pulled no punches when asked for her response to the president's apology.
Speaking to the BBC, she said: "You want to talk about hostility? Every negotiation we've had, those undertones are in there, that we're lesser - every mediation that we had, every time we meet with them and obviously the reason that we filed this lawsuit.
"So for him to put that out saying sorry presumably to us, we don't buy it.
"Is that truly how they feel about 50% of the population that they are supposed to be stewarding into the game of soccer?
"I don't think anyone wants to sponsor an organisation that is being blatantly misogynistic and sexist. I know that we're in a contentious fight but that crossed a line completely."
The case is expected to go to trial on May 5.