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Women's World Cup 2015: Players sue over synthetic pitches
« on: October 02, 2014, 10:00:37 AM »

A group of leading players have filed a lawsuit claiming sexual discrimination over the decision to use synthetic pitches at the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada.

Legal proceedings have begun against the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) and football's world governing body Fifa at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.

Attorney Hampton Dellinger told BBC Sport he represented nearly 50 players involved in the action from 12 countries.

These include two Fifa Women's Player of the Year winners, German Nadine Angerer and American Abby Wambach.

"Men's World Cup tournament matches are played on natural grass while CSA and Fifa are relegating female players to artificial turf," said Dellinger.

"The difference matters - plastic pitches alter how the game is played, pose unique safety risks and are considered inferior for international competition."

No-one from Fifa was available for comment but CSA said in a statement: "Our lawyers will be reviewing any and all applications or information related to this.

"We will refrain from any comment until there has been a thorough review."


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Re: Women's World Cup 2015: Players sue over synthetic pitches
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2014, 10:06:57 AM »
Women's World Cup 2015: Fifa defends use of synthetic pitches
Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke has defended using artificial pitches for the 2015 Women's World Cup - suggesting they could be used for men.

Nearly 50 players make up a group that has filed a lawsuit claiming sexual discrimination over the use of synthetic pitches instead of grass.

"It would be very difficult to ensure grass pitches at all venues," he said.

"It could well be that sooner rather than later the men's World Cup will also be played on artificial pitches."

The Frenchman added: "The Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) proposed for the tournament to be played on artificial turf based on the fact that most sporting infrastructure in Canada is on artificial turf, primarily due to the extreme climate in the host country.

"As has already been explained, this is not a question of money, or of differences between men's and women's events, but it is a matter of the natural conditions in Canada."

Why chose Canada if they cant provide grass pitches?

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Re: Women's World Cup 2015: Players sue over synthetic pitches
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2014, 12:33:13 PM »
Why chose Canada if they cant provide grass pitches?
There was nobody else to choose. Not once Zimbabwe withdrew their bid. Not that Zimbabwe would ever have won anyway. Those two were the only two interested parties, so Canada were the only option. FIFA's apathy towards the women's game has basically led to them just signing off on whatever was in the Canadian bid to give themselves a minimal workload. And they thought they could get away with it because they had a convenient little "but where was the alternative to Canada?" excuse to use as justification for what they have given the green light to. But unfortunately for them, whilst there may not have been an alternative to Canada, there is at least an alternative to turf and people are not surprisingly pointing that out.

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Re: Women's World Cup 2015: Players sue over synthetic pitches
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2014, 12:45:02 PM »
thanks Tino- I for one wont be watching the tournament played out on artificial grass but I wonder how many players when push comes to shove will pull out?. Probably not many if any at all as they all would want to take part in a WC.

anyone know how many British players are party to the lawsuit ?

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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2014, 01:37:04 PM »
anyone know how many British players are party to the lawsuit ?
None. This document lists the players who have put their name to the lawsuit, and some who did but then removed it again for reasons which are explained: http://womens.soccerly.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/141027_retaliation_claim.pdf

There are other documents and petitions floating about which different players have been involved with but they are separate to the lawsuit.

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Re: Women's World Cup 2015: Players sue over synthetic pitches
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2014, 02:20:17 PM »
For those who understand French  ;)

Celia Sasic  Germany and Jessica Houara France  were asked about the tournament being played on turf at the Germany v France game

https://audioboom.com/boos/2595929-celia-sasic-in-the-mixed-zone-post-germany-v-france

https://audioboom.com/boos/2597662-jessica-houara-germany-v-france

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Re: Women's World Cup 2015: Players sue over synthetic pitches
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2014, 03:21:42 PM »
thanks again Tino - not sure I am that comfortable with players pulling out due to reprisals......scary stuff that but sorry Sylvain, but don't speak French.

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« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2014, 05:05:48 PM »
Hosts Canada have refused to enter talks over reviewing the controversial use of artificial pitches at next year's Women's World Cup.

A human rights tribunal has suggested mediation in the row after refusing to fast-track a legal action brought by top players.

But the Canada Soccer Association (CSA), which is being sued for alleged sex discrimination along with football's governing body Fifa, says it is not prepared to enter into negotiations.

Meanwhile, 13 United States senators backed the players' campaign to have grass pitches, giving their support in a letter to Fifa.

Germany's Nadine Angerer and Abby Wambach of the United States, the previous two winners of the Fifa Women's Player of the Year award, are among those arguing that the tournament should be played on grass in line with all previous World Cup competitions.

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Re: Women's World Cup 2015: Players sue over synthetic pitches
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2014, 03:26:17 PM »
Logical?  Women’s football (and men’s for that matter) is sex discrimination.  So we have an organisation based on sex discrimination taken legal procedings for being discriminated against.   My head hurts!