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Biden threatens U.S. Soccer over USWNT equal pay lawsuit

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US Vice President Joe Biden congratulates Meghan Klingenberg after the FIFA Women«s World Cup 2015 finale soccer match between USA and Japan at the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver during the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Vancouver, Canada, 05 July 2015. Photo: Carmen Jaspersen/dpa | usage worldwide (Photo by Carmen Jaspersen/picture alliance via Getty Images)

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It appears that Joe Biden has threatened the U.S. Soccer federation (USSF) with a lack of funding towards hosting the 2026 World Cup in response to the USWNT losing their equal pay lawsuit.

A judge favored the U.S. Soccer Federation in a summary judgment, saying that the USWNT’s claim that they were being paid less than the USMNT was insufficient to warrant a trial.

Biden, the presumptive democratic candidate in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, sent out a tweet on Saturday saying the following as he supports the USWNT in their battle against the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay with the USMNT.

“To the USWNT: don’t give up this fight. This is not over yet. To U.S. Soccer: equal pay, now. Or else when I’m president, you can go elsewhere for World Cup funding.”

The summary judgement against the USWNT decision was a huge shock and the public response since proves just how popular their request of equal pay had become in the public, and now political, domain.

Biden lending his support to the USWNT will be a huge boost as they aim to continue their fight.

USWNT players who filed the lawsuit were asking for $66 million in damages from USSF. The judge also ruled against the USWNT lawsuit when it came to their claim about playing on artificial turf rather than grass but is yet to rule on their complaints regarding travel and player care not being on an equal level to the USMNT.

USWNT spokeswoman Molly Levinson said the women will immediately appeal the decision and stars from the USWNT have reacted to the dismissal of their equal pay lawsuit from a judge, as Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Ali Krieger have all released statements to go along with the USWNT spokeswoman who said they are ‘shocked and disappointed’ by the summary judgement.

Biden attended the USWNT’s 2015 World Cup final victory in Vancouver and also visited the USMNT in Brazil during the 2014 World Cup and has spoken about soccer numerous times over the years. His strong stance on this subject matter follows on from several of U.S. Soccer’s biggest sponsors who have called for action on equal pay from the governing body.

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