Abby Wambach appeals against artificial turf at 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
By Frank Keogh – BBC Sport – View source

Women footballers have abandoned their legal action over the use of artificial pitches at this year’s Women’s World Cup. Women’s World Cup legal action over artificial pitches ended

Leading women footballers have abandoned their legal action over the use of artificial pitches at this year’s Women’s World Cup in Canada.

A case claiming sexism against the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) and world governing body Fifa has been withdrawn at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.

“Our legal action has ended,” confirmed United States striker Abby Wambach. She called for fairer treatment of women’s sport.

Wambach, one of almost 50 players from 12 countries involved in the lawsuit, said: “I am hopeful that the players’ willingness to contest the unequal playing fields – and the tremendous public support we received during the effort – marks the start of even greater activism to ensure fair treatment when it comes to women’s sports.”
Attorney Hampton Dellinger, who was representing the female footballers, said that the players were “putting the sport of soccer first” by abandoning their legal fight.

He said the case had “highlighted continuing gender inequity in sports and lessened the chance that such wrongdoing will occur in the future”.

England have qualified for the tournament, but no English player had signed the petition.

A Fifa executive has previously insisted Canada was the best choice to host the tournament.

More to follow

By Frank Keogh – BBC Sport – View source

1 Comment
  1. Asa 5 years ago

    You have to ask the question why stop now ?

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