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Added August 12th, 2014 by Ian

Female soccer players: “FIFA is sexist and discriminatory”
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Female international soccer players aren’t too happy with FIFA at the moment and are calling the world’s governing body of soccer both sexist and discriminatory. The women’s beef with Sepp Blatter and company is that they are being forced to play the 2015 Women’s World Cup on pitches with artificial turf. The men, of course, have to play their World Cup matches on grass pitches.

A group of female players has told the press that FIFA’s rule is a form of gender discrimination and it also violates human-rights law as well as the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The players have hired a couple of elite and high-profile law firms to help represent them and their case. These firms are Osler Hoskin and Harcourt out of Canada and Boies Schiller and Flexner LLP of the USA.

The players and their lawyers are threatening FIFA with legal action and claim that they’re being forced to play their tournament games on second-class football surfaces. The law firms aren’t charging the women any fees and have told the press that the artificial surfaces degrades the female game and they also cause more injuries. However, a recent study in America has shown that natural-grass and artificial surfaces see the same amount of injuries to soccer players.

The group recently shot off a letter to FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Canadian soccer officials to air their concerns. Some of the well-known players who belong to the group include American star Abby Wambach. The women stated in the letter that they’re demanding the 2015 World Cup games be played on natural grass.

Many of the 2015 matches will be played in American-football stadiums as well as college fields which often use artificial turf to save on maintenance costs. For FIFA to solve the dilemma they’d have to cover the pitches with real turf, which can be done, but it would certainly cut into the organization’s profits. Since FIFA is a well-known money-making machine it’ll be interesting to see how all of this turns out.

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