Canadian athletes: Astroturf violates women’s human rights

Canadian athletes: Astroturf violates women’s human rights

[Ed. – Because insanity.]

A group of female Canadian soccer players have sued FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association, claiming that the plan to play the 2015 Women’s World Cup on artificial turf is a sexist “human rights” violation.

The lawsuit argues that since men’s World Cup players are scheduled to play on natural grass at least through 2022, the current plan violates Section 1 of the Canadian human-rights code, which states that “every person has a right to equal treatment with respect to services, goods and facilities, without discrimination.” …

According to the suit, the current arrangement is a serious violation of that principle because being forced to play on artificial turf amounts to “devaluing [the players’] dignity, state of mind, and self-respect . . . before tens of thousands of stadium spectators and a global broadcast audience.”

The plaintiffs suggested installing natural grass on top of the turf or moving the games to a different location. …

Still, FIFA has insisted it will not budge on the issue.

[Famous last words?  Tune in in 2015 for the answer… – Ed.]

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