Abby Wambach appeals against artificial turf at 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

Players are finalising lawsuit against artificial turf at the World Cup and it is reported they expect to officially file the lawsuit in the coming days.

In our previous article about the lawsuit against the artificial turf, high profile players had delivered a letter to FIFA and Canada Soccer voicing their opinions and intentions.

As far as we know there has been little response from the governing body and it is now reported that the players are now finalising the lawsuit against playing on artificial pitches at the World Cup.

High profile players unite for the fight:

There are many high profile players among the applicants including:
FIFA 2013 Player of the Year Nadine Angerer of Germany.
FIFA 2012 Player of the Year Abby Wambach of the United States.
Samantha Kerr and Caitlin Foord of Australia
Fabiana Da Silva Simões of Brazil
Katherine Alvarado and Diana Saenz of Costa Rica
Camille Abily and Elise Bussaglia of France
Yuki Ogimi of Japan
Jackie Acevedo and Teresa Noyola of Mexico
Abby Erceg and Hannah Wilkinson of New Zealand
Ji So Yun of South Korea
Verónica Boquete of Spain
Alex Morgan and Heather O’Reilly of the United States.

NBC Sports reported that in a letter dated Sept. 23, the law firms representing the group of 40-plus international players gave FIFA and Canada Soccer a ‘final notice’ date of Friday to respond to what they say is gender discrimination. They expect to officially file the lawsuit in the coming days. A Canada Soccer lawyer made contact with the players’ lawyers, according to Hampton Dellinger of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, one of two law firms representing the players. However, Dellinger says Canada Soccer’s lawyer “did not provide any commitment that CSA was ready begin negotiations.”

The draft document for the final notice outlines a number of key information including, discrimination – “Discrimination of any kind against a…private person or group of people on account of…gender…is strictly prohibited and punishable by suspension or expulsion”, a statement of facts, the Importance of Soccer Generally and the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Particular and The Critical Role of the Field of Play and the Risks Posed by Plastic Pitches.

The document also highlights examples of artificial turf abrasions:

Turf abrasions

The document continues with information on violations and also includes remedy sought. This section describes the various different ways that the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 can be played on natural grass. Solutions suggested include moving the matches to stadiums in Canada that already have a natural grass playing field.

Read the full 15-page document that was obtained by NBC Sports.

Players are not planning to boycott the World Cup.



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