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|04-11-2016, 03:40 PM||#1|
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US women's soccer players threaten boycott over equal pay, treatment
Five of the biggest stars in women's soccer could be taking their fight for equal pay a step further--a possible boycott of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
In an interview with ESPN'S July Foudy, the United States women's national soccer team, or USWNT, co-captain Becky Sauerbrunn said that a boycott of the Olympics is not off the table if their demands for equal pay and treatment aren't met.
Sauerbrunn is one of five USWNT players who have filed a complaint with against U.S. Soccer with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Houston Dash star Lydia Williams has also weighed in.
"While it would be disappointing not to have them play in the Olympics, you want to have the best teams and you want to represent your country," Williams said. "I think it's going to be leaps and bounds for footballers worldwide."
Williams also plays for the Australian national team, and noted that the struggle for female footballers to be recognized on the same level as male players has been ongoing.
The five USWNT players are pushing for compensation that is on par with their male counterparts, including improved playing conditions after several matches on turf fields, which players say can be dangerous.
According to a report, citing the complaint, U.S. women are paid between $3,600 and $4,950 per game, while men receive $6,250 to $17,625. Women receive 44 percent of what their male counterparts earn for making the World Cup team.
"We are disappointed about this action," U.S. Soccer said in a statement. "We have been a world leader in women's soccer and are proud of the commitment we have made to building the women's game in the United States over the past 30 years."
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