Frank de Boer, the head coach of Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United, said he thinks the equal pay fight for women in soccer is “ridiculous” because women don’t bring in as much money as men.
“I think for me, it’s ridiculous,” the former Dutch soccer star told The Guardian in an interview published Tuesday. “It’s the same like tennis. If there are watching, for the World Cup final, 500 million people or something like that, and 100 million for a women’s final, that’s a difference. So it’s not the same.
“And of course they have to be paid what they deserve to [earn] and not less, just what they really deserve,” he added. “If it’s just as popular as the men, they will get it, because the income and the advertising will go into that. But it’s not like that, so why do they have to earn the same? I think it’s ridiculous. I don’t understand that.”
The U.S. women’s team sued the U.S. Soccer Federation in March, alleging pay disparities that amounted to gender discrimination. The demand in equal pay comes after the Royal Dutch Football Association in Mr. de Boer’s home country made a recent pledge to level the pay for men’s and women’s national team players over the next several years.
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