VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The Canadian males’s soccer workforce mentioned it refused to play its World Cup warm-up match in opposition to Panama on Sunday due to a labor dispute with the nation’s nationwide governing physique that features a demand for the ladies’s nationwide workforce to get the identical wage.
The gamers, getting ready for the nation’s first participation within the males’s World Cup since 1986, refused to coach on Friday and Saturday.
The gamers mentioned they need 40% of the World Cup prize cash, a journey bundle for family and friends and an “equitable construction with our girls’s nationwide workforce sharing the identical match charges because the gamers, the share of the prize in money earned at our respective FIFA World Cups and the event of a home girls’s league.”
“In March we started contract discussions with Canada Soccer,” the boys’s workforce mentioned in a press release. “As a result of executives delayed the method and took holidays, the negotiation course of was unnecessarily extended. Canada Soccer waited till the night of July 2 to submit an archaic supply and the affiliation’s common secretary and president had been solely accessible for the primary time to attach with gamers on June four at four p.m. For these causes, we’ve determined reluctantly to not play our match right now in opposition to Panama”.
Richard Scott, a spokesman for the Canadian Soccer Affiliation, didn’t reply to an e mail in search of remark. The governing physique mentioned in a press release late Saturday: “Canada Soccer is at present in discussions with its nationwide workforce gamers relating to truthful and equitable compensation for gamers forward of the FIFA World Cup interval.”
Panama was a late substitute for Sunday’s opponent, which was initially Iran. Canada’s governing physique has deserted Iran following criticism from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Canada is scheduled to play Curaçao in Vancouver on Thursday and is in Honduras on June 13, each within the CONCACAF Nations League. No. 38 Canada opens World Cup Group F in Qatar in opposition to second-placed Belgium on November 23, performs No. 16 Croatia 4 days later and No. 24 Morocco on December 1.
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