Adidas to pay equal bonuses to soccer World Cup winners

Soccer Football – World Cup – Sweden Press Conference – Samara Arena, Samara, Russia – July 6, 2018 General view of adidas football during press conference REUTERS / Michael Dalder

(Reuters) – Adidas-sponsored players on the team won the FIFA Women's World Cup this year the same performance bonus payments with their male counterparts, the Friday sportswear company said.

The news announcement follows that women's national soccer team are making allegations of gender discrimination for women, where 28 members of the squad were nominated as plaintiffs in the federal court.

The issue filed by staff includes complaints about pay. The players said that they were paid less than their male counterparts consistently even though their performances were better.

Global brand brands Adidas, Eric Liedtke, said the company wanted to encourage the next generation of women.

"Today we are announcing that all Adidas athletes on the 2019 Women's World Cup team win the prize pay performance bonuses and their male colleagues," Liedtke said in the statement. here

“We believe in encouraging and enabling the next generation of female athletes, creators and leaders through breaking barriers.”

It has the support of prominent American tennis players in the past and present, including Serena Williams, Bill Jean King and Sloane Stephens.

While the men's soccer team failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia last year, the US women's team will be defending their 2015 crown in France in June.

Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Edited by Peter Rutherford

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