Per AFP, US women’s star Megan Rapinoe and Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber ripped US Soccer for language in a court filing opposing equal pay for the US women’s national team.
The US Soccer Federation made the gender claims in papers filed this week in the gender discrimination lawsuit filed by the US Women’s National Team against USSF in March of 2019.
The latest heated dispute in the US women fight for equal pay — $66 million in back pay under the Equal Pay Act and the Civil Rights Act — came when the USSF argued hostile environments faced by the men’s team are “unmatched by anything the Women’s National Team must face.”
UPI reports Members of the United States Women’s National Team protested language used in court filings by the U.S. Soccer Federation by wearing their shirts inside out before a game against Japan.
In the recent filing, the federation’s legal representatives had argued that male players are superior physically and have more responsibility than female players because international men’s soccer is more competitive and has tournaments that generate better revenue.
The federation also said the job of a men’s national team player “requires a higher level of skill based on speed and strength” than the job of a women’s player.
The protest occurred before the SheBelieves Cup final Wednesday at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Federation lawyers had used the controversial language Monday as part of a filing for a motion for summary judgement in the lawsuit filed by players from the women’s team.