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Added February 9th, 2015 by Ian

Women’s World Cup artificial-turf controversy ends

Several of the world’s top female soccer stars launched a lawsuit against FIFA a few months ago as they accused the world’s governing body of being sexist. The claim was made after FIFA announced that the 2015 Women’s World Cup will be played on several artificial-turf pitches in Canada. The women argued that FIFA was discriminating against them since all Men’s World Cup games have to be held on real grass surfaces.

The group of female players, which included American star Abby Wambach, recently gave up the fight though and said they’ve ended their legal action against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA). The women originally launched the suit through the Human Rights Tribunal of the Canadian province of Ontario because they claimed artificial surfaces typically cause more injuries and the ball bounces and travels differently on artificial pitches when compared to their grass counterparts.

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