Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Steph Backs USA Women in Pay Battle

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Steph Backs USA Women in Pay Battle

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ENGLAND captain Steph Houghton and manager Mark Sampson have backed the United States women's football World Cup winners who are taking on their federation in a landmark equal-pay legal challenge.

Both Durham-born Houghton and Sampson say players from the star-studded US team, who are also the reigning Olympic champions, have "every right" to challenge the United States Soccer Federation.

Carli Lloyd, who scored a hat-trick against Japan in last July's World Cup final, has teamed up with fellow co-captain Becky Sauerbrunn, goalkeeper Hope Solo, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and striker Alex Morgan in filing a wage discrimination complaint against USSF with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. They protest that their basic earnings and bonuses should not be significantly short of what the men's team receive.

They claimed an eight-figure total revenue was brought in by the federation as a direct result of their World Cup triumph, transforming its balance sheet, and pointed to a perceived injustice in how the men's and women's teams are rewarded for success on the big stage. …

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