[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.]