Male national team forges pay to support female footballers of this country

Last Modified Saturday, 5 September 2020 (18:58 IST)
Sweden's male national team has pledged to play the remainder of their matches this year without pay. The Swedish Association announced the move following harsh criticism over inequality.

The Swedish Football Association on Friday said given its strained financial situation, the men's national squad "will?forgo?all financial compensation for their autumn matches ... to?make it possible?to?coordinate negotiations with the?women's?team."
In August, Sweden's Equality Ombudsman, a government agency that promotes equal rights and fights discrimination, ruled that the football association had not discriminated against the?female?team?by paying them lower?wages?than their male counterparts.
 
Kosovare Asllani, who plays for the women's national team and Real Madrid, said in an Instagram post on Thursday that "the fact that the Equality Ombudsman did not consider the substitute model to be discriminatory, does not mean that it is equal."
 
Asllani added: "Equality is also a part of the Swedish Football Association's core values…Equality is something we must all strive for."
 
According to Asllani, in 2018/19, the women's squad were paid 24% of what the men's team received. When the women's team won bronze last year, they were paid "only 10% of what the men received when they made it to the quarterfinals."
 
"If you ask anyone…no one would say they play for the money…But it's about respect and the pursuit of equality," Asllani wrote. 
 
and 'far from equality'
 
Asllani also called on FIFA and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) to pay their and men players equally. 
 
"It is no news that FIFA and the UEFA are far from equality, but I want our union to send signals to FIFA and UEFA that in Sweden we want to change the world for the better as other Nordic countries have done."
 
At a press conference on Friday, male footballer Emil Forsberg of Sweden's men's national team and RB Leipzig, said: "For me, it is obvious that [pay] should be equal, it is not even a question."
 
Brazil on Wednesday joined Australia, Norway and New Zealand on the list of football associations who had publicly committed?to?paying their male and female players the same amount for playing senior international matches. England has also done so since January.
 
In March 2019, the US?women's?team, sued their federation alleging over pay and conditions. A judge dismissed their case in May this year but the?team?have appealed that ruling.