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Female soccer players file lawsuit over artificial turf

Posted October. 04, 2014 04:41,   


World`s top female soccer players, including Korea’s Ji So-yeon, have filed a lawsuit to the Canadian court against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) over artificial turf at the 2015 women`s World Cup.

According to the report by Washington Post on Friday, eighteen female soccer players, including FIFA`s 2013 Women`s Player of the Year Nadine Angerer of Germany and Ji So-yeon, are involved in the lawsuit.

They claim that this is a serious sex discrimination as Men`s World Cup tournament matches are played on natural grass while CSA and FIFA are relegating female players to artificial turf. Female players have also argued that plastic pitches alter how the game is played, posing unique safety risks, and are considered inferior for international competition.

The 2015 FIFA Women`s World Cup in Canada is to be held at artificial turf grounds in six cities including Montreal and Vancouver.