U.S.A women footballers accuse of wage discrimination

FIFA Women's world player of the year Carli Lloyd, captain Becky Sauerbrunn, forward Alex Morgan, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and goalkeeper Hope Solo are the five players who signed the complaint.

US team celebrates a goal against Japan in the World Cup final.   -  AP

Five footballers of the United States women’s national football team, the reigning Women’s World Cup and Olympic champion, are planning to lodge a federal complaint on Thursday, charging U.S. Soccer with wage discrimination.

FIFA Women's world player of the year Carli Lloyd, captain Becky Sauerbrunn, forward Alex Morgan, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and goalkeeper Hope Solo are the five players who signed the complaint, but according to > New York Times , they said they were acting on behalf of the entire team.

The five players will contend that the women’s team is the driving economic force for U.S. Soccer, the governing body for the sport in America, even as its players are paid far less than their counterparts on the men’s national team, their lawyer, Jeffrey Kessler, said.

Citing budget figures released last month by U.S. Soccer, Kessler said the players would contend that they earned as little as 40 percent of what players on the United States men’s national team earned even though they won the third world championship last year, and that they were shortchanged on everything from bonuses and appearance fees to per diems.

It is unclear how long it will take to resolve the complaint, but the process will almost certainly hover over the women team’s preparations for the Rio Games in August.

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