Closing the gap: Brazil have announced they will become one of the few nations to pay their women’s and men’s football teams equally
Joining Australia, Norway and New Zealand in the respectable decision of authorising their men’s and women’s football teams equal pay, the pay disparity for professional soccer players has been a talking point in recent headlines again since last years US women’s world cup winners sued their federation, alleging discrimination over their pay and conditions.
The ongoing allegations have finally led to action being taken and acknowledgment from a few nations regarding closing the gender pay gap within the sport.
Sky Sports reported that equalled prize money and allowances between men’s and women’s football means the women players will earn the same as the men for the first time ever in Brazil, and have also stated that the measures will be applied to the national teams participating in the Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo next year as well as the next World Cup tournaments.
The CBF said in a statement to The Telegraph that equal pay was “part of the journey of transformation” towards equality in football, the most popular sport in the country, which has 36 professional clubs.
The Brazil FA president also spoke out and promised: “There will be no more gender difference in remuneration between men and women.
According to research conducted by the BBC, a total of 83% of sports now reward men and women equally, but there is still a great deal to be done when it comes to football as the gap between men and women, not just in Brazil but all over the world, still remains huge within the sport.
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