The Brazilian women’s soccer team has made fun of on social media after they were reportedly beaten 6-0 by a club’s under-16s male under-16s in a one-hour training match, resulting in a torrent of responses over the equal pay dispute led.
Top Brazilian side Gremio sent a team of teenagers to face the women’s national team scorer Marta over two 30-minute periods as part of their preparations for the upcoming Tokyo Olympic soccer tournament.
The score was kept low on official accounts, although coach Pia Sundhage admitted on the official website that finding “very fast” opponents in the “male category” had been a “challenge”.
“If we play against big teams that are very fast we will have this kind of challenge,” said the Swede.
“The game was also important for us to evaluate the players individually. We had some situations against each other, the protection of the ball and had to react quickly in those situations. It is a good way to improve and prepare for the big challenges to be.” by 2021. “
The result brought back memories of the US women’s national team (USWNT) losing 5-2 to a male team in a friendly match in 2017, when the 2019 world champions lost to the U15 selection of FC Dallas.
The USWNT campaigned for equal pay to get the international pay for female sites, and critics who read the Brazil result were quick to refer to this series.
Feminists will become CCCCCRRRRRRAAAAZZZZYYYYYY!
– Harry Wallace (@ BlueKnight1878) January 13, 2021
Surely the under 16 year olds now earn the same pay for the women ?????
– Michael Baldwin (@ Michael71494965) January 13, 2021
“Feminists go crazy,” one said while others asked outspoken USWNT team superstar Megan Rapinoe for their thoughts on the outcome, saying the victorious under 16s deserved the same pay.
One opposing observer argued: “They don’t claim to be better than male footballers, any way they do [tennis player] Serena Williams doesn’t claim to be better than [Rafael] Nadal.
“They are the top of their chosen sport, however. I suspect all the guys here are just p * ssed [amateur] Player. “
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News of the result came on the same days as former USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo reports of equal pay.
Solo told a BBC podcast that the team’s wage war should be led to “politicians, Congress and the United States Senate”.
She also made sharp criticisms of the team culture, saying, “Most of the players come from rich white families. That is the culture of the USWNT.
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“It’s a very privileged, white culture. I remember Carli [Lloyd, striker] and I always talk about culture: “We have to change this culture.”
“We were very nice to the young kids who came in, but I think it’s because we were bullied. We always wanted to change that culture, but in the end I’m not sure we succeeded.”
The Telegraph said it reached out to the U.S. Football Association for comment.
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