Let’s f—king go.
The acronym, LFG, is the title of the brand new documentary in regards to the U.S. nationwide ladies’s soccer group that the US Soccer Federation is pushing again in opposition to.
The documentary, launched on Thursday, focuses on the USWNT’s continued combat for equal pay. It particularly follows the USWNT’s authorized group and gamers Megan Rapinoe, Jessica McDonald, Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara and Sam Mewis.
U.S. Soccer claimed that allegations made within the documentary by lawyer Jeffrey Kessler, — who represents the gamers of their equal pay lawsuit in opposition to U.S. Soccer — had been false. The group claimed the documentary introduced “a regarding degree of dishonesty” and “a deceptive and inaccurate account of the info”
On Thursday, U.S. Soccer posted a 17 message-long Twitter thread pushing again in opposition to Kessler’s claims.
The federation claimed that Kessler misconstrued the completely different pay packages between the lads’s and ladies’s nationwide groups. It wrote that as an alternative of “Kessler[‘s] claims that ‘merely for exhibiting up and enjoying a recreation, the lads get extra per recreation than the ladies,’ ” that it was the USWNT Gamers Affiliation’s want to be compensated on this approach throughout their 2017 contact renewal.
Based on U.S. Soccer, the ladies’s group requested a $100,000 wage with advantages along with bonuses for matches relatively than the pay-for-play mannequin the lads’s group follows.
“Are the bonuses smaller than the USMNT recreation bonuses? Sure, [because] the USWNTPA negotiated for a $100k wage and advantages. Kessler conveniently leaves out these two issues and solely compares bonuses. He additionally fails to say the $90k+ wage U.S. Soccer pays for taking part in within the NWSL.
“This construction was most popular by the USWNT, because it ensures safety and stability. If a participant will get harm on Jan. 2, she nonetheless will get paid her full wage (and NWSL wage). Throughout COVID when there have been no video games USWNT nonetheless received paid each two [weeks and] advantages. USMNT received paid $0.”
“Our USWNT and USMNT are among the many highest paid on this planet, with the USWNT making greater than virtually each males’s nationwide group globally. We’re assured that, working collectively, we will attain an settlement that advantages everybody shifting ahead,” the group added.
The us declined to participate within the documentary to current its aspect within the case. In Might 2020, the equal pay portion of the USWNT’s lawsuit was dismissed. Nonetheless, in April, a federal choose granted a partial deal between the us and the USWNT, which allowed the gamers to attraction the sooner determination.
Based on USSF president Cindy Parlow Cone, the group’s want for the federation to pay them the disparity between the lads’s and ladies’s FIFA prize cash “would seemingly bankrupt” the group. Presently, the profitable group of the lads’s World Cup receives $38 million in prize cash whereas the ladies’s champion receives $4 million.
Kessler, nonetheless, fired again on the federation’s claims about him and the lawsuit in a assertion to ESPN for creating what he believes is a false narrative.
“The us, regrettably, continues to attempt to rewrite the previous, making up a story that it has supplied an equal charge of pay to the world champion ladies gamers, nevertheless it has not.
“It lashes out on the ladies gamers and me in a juvenile Twitter storm as a result of it is aware of the reality — and so does the remainder of the world.”