Brazil’s Women Football Players in Revolt Against Federation
The firing of Emily Lima the first woman to lead the country’s national team has triggered the retirement of several top players and unleashed a torrent of criticism against the national soccer federation over several issues related to its treatment of women. Five top players including Forward Cristiane and Midfielder Francielle
Today the situation took another turn when a group of former players published an open letter criticizing the federation.
“We, the players, have invested years of our own lives and all of our energy to build this team and this sport to its strength today,” said the letter, which was signed by eight former players, including Cristiane and Francielle but also the former World Cup stars Sissi, Rosana and Formiga. “Yet we, and almost all other Brazilian women, are excluded from the leadership and decision-making for our own team and our own sport.”