Frank De Boer has said that equal pay for men and women in football is ridiculous.
According to ESPN, The Atlanta United manager quite simply does not believe in it
“I think for me, it’s ridiculous.”
“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.”
“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.”
De Boer a Dutch international himself, has played in world cups for the men’s team. This year saw the Dutch women’s national team, reach the world cup final.
This has lead to the Royal Dutch Football Association pledging to bring pay equality to the men’s and women’s teams by 2023.
In the USA, the men’s national team often struggles to qualify for the world cup, whereas the women have won it on multiple occasions. Including this year.
The US women’s team are suing the US Soccer Federation as a result of unequal pay. Siting a case for gender discrimination.
De Boer, went on to say:
“I think it started because a woman is getting underpaid, especially at managerial positions.”
“They have to earn the same as a man.”
“I think if you have a manager position for a bank or something, you have to earn the same what the men did because it’s not physically.”
“So why do you have to earn less, because you’re doing the same job as a man?
“I think that’s also dropped a little bit into the sports world, like tennis and soccer.”
“But I think that’s still different.”
His statements are not likely to go down well with the likes of Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan.
After leading the women’s national team to another world cup. Plus captivating an audience more than 22% greater than the men’s team did at the last world cup.
They believe the 400 million dollar budget difference between US soccer for men and women is just too much. They are the driving force behind the filed lawsuit.
De Boer will not have made to many friends with those comments and may have upset some of his own fans in the process.