Swedish women players question gender pay gap

April 5 – Sweden’s female players have rekindled the debate over the pay gap between men and women.

On the eve of her country’s friendly against Germany, defender Nilla Fischer told Reuters that fans, players, sponsors and governing bodies would all have to work together to ensure better pay for her gender.

“I know that if I’d played in the (German men’s) Bundesliga for six years, I wouldn’t have any financial worries,” said Fischer who plays for VfL Wolfsburg. “In terms of percentages, you can’t really compare. What they maybe make in an hour, I make in a year,”

Her comments come after the US women’s team, the world champions, launched a lawsuit against their own federation last month alleging gender discrimination.

Swedish Goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl, who plays for Chelsea, added: “When we one day quit, we will fill places in football’s organisations and keep the fight going forward. I think we have to tackle big issues on the world stage in order for it to really change.”

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