Carlos Cordeiro, president of the US Soccer Federation, was speaking on stage at the New York City Hall ceremony honoring the US women's soccer team when the crowd erupted into chants of "equal pay."
"US Soccer has invested more in women's soccer than any country in the world. And we will continue to invest" he began before the chants started.
"We will continue to invest more in women's soccer than any country in the world," he continued. "We believe at US Soccer that all female athletes deserve fair and equitable pay."
Some context: Several players have filed a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation, claimingthey deserve to be paid what the American men are paidfor their international performances.
The federation denied the claim in May, saying the disparities were the product of business decisions rather than any efforts to discriminate,Sports Illustratedand other media outlets reported. The USSF also said the men and women are subject to different collective bargaining agreements, which are not made public.
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