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US women national football team co-captains vow to push forward after legal setback

first_imgRelatedPosts US judge blocks Trump’s postal rules that could disrupt election Minister hails Kwara Governor over appointment of 12 female Perm Secs US to divert outstanding 2020 WHO dues – Official US women national football team co-captains Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe say they are undaunted in spite of being shocked after a court dismissed their team’s claims for equal pay.The duo, who helped the US to a record fourth FIFA World Cup title last year, said they planned to appeal the decision. A California judge on Friday threw out the players’ claims that they were underpaid in comparison with the men’s team.“This decision was out of left field for us,” said forward Morgan, appearing on a remote live feed on the Good Morning America programme on Monday. “We are fighters and we will continue to fight together for this.”The team’s long-running feud with US Soccer has been a very public and bitter battle and the players had been seeking 66 million dollars in damages under the Equal Pay Act.“The WNT (Women’s National Team) has been paid more on both a cumulative and an average per-game basis than the MNT (Men’s National Team) over the class period,” the court said in its summary judgment.Last year’s Ballon d’Or winner Rapinoe said she questioned the logic of the summary judgment. “If I earn one dollar every time I play and a man earns three dollars, just because I win ten games and he only wins three games — and so I make 10 dollars and he made nine dollars —I’m not sure how that’s me making more money,” she said.The court allowed complaints of unfair medical, travel and training to proceed to trial, which is scheduled to begin June 16.Some of the players’ high-profile backers, including women’s sports pioneer Billie Jean King and presumptive US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, leapt to their defence after news of their legal setback broke.“Don’t give up this fight. This is not over yet,” Biden wrote in a tweet to the team on Saturday, then telling US Soccer: “Equal pay, now. Or else when I’m president, you can go elsewhere for World Cup funding.”The US Men’s National Team Players Association reiterated its support for the female players in a statement on Monday. “The USMNT players continue to stand with the WNT players in their efforts to secure equal pay,” the group said.“For a year and a half the USMNT players have made proposals to the Federation that will achieve equal pay for the USMNT and USWNT players.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: Alex MorganEqual Paygender equalityMegan RapinoesoccerusaWomen National Football Teamlast_img read more

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