Prince William and Princess Charlotte wish Lionesses good luck
Baroness Karren Brady, has said it is time for the pay disparity between male and female footballers to end, as she called on FIFA to “take the lead” and “redress the balance”.
At the current time, the Apprentice star revealed each female member of the winning team will get £213,000, whereas members of the male winning team are usually awarded considerably more.
Typing in her The Sun column, Baroness Brady said: “There’s the massive disparity in prize money.
“This summer is the ninth Women’s World Cup and each member of the winning team will get £213,000 from a total tournament purse of £88.5million.
“Meanwhile, the men’s purse has grown to £345million.
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“In my view, it’s time for FIFA to take the lead. The women’s World Cup earns almost £1billion,” she added.
The West Ham vice-chairman said it’s “hard to work out” what FIFA does from the money of ever-expanding tournaments.
Today England will play Spain in the Women’s World Cup final as the Lionesses look to bring home the game’s biggest prize for the first time.
The nation is set to come to a halt as England plays their first World Cup final, men’s or women’s, in 57 years.
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Manager Sarina Wiegman has urged her players to block out the “noise” of 1966 as England look to add the World Cup title to last year’s Euros triumph.
The Lionesses reached the World Cup final for the first time with their 3-1 win over Australia in the semi-finals, with Wiegman’s side managing to stay cool to defeat the hosts with a clinical display in Sydney.
Prince William, who is president of the Football Association, sent the Lionesses a heartfelt message ahead of their big game, as he is unable to attend personally.
He said: “Lionesses, I want to send you a huge good luck for tomorrow. We’re sorry we can’t be there in person, but we are so proud of everything you have achieved and the millions you have inspired here and around the world.
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“So go out there tomorrow and really enjoy yourselves.”
His grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, attended the 1966 men’s World Cup final at Wembley and presented England captain Bobby Moore with the trophy.
On Saturday evening, King Charles also issued a rallying call to the Lionesses. “Good luck, Lionesses, and may you roar to victory,” he said in a message posted on social media.
It is understood that Charles and Queen Camilla will be among the millions of Britons following the game from afar on Sunday. A Buckingham Palace source said: “Both their majesties will be following Sunday’s events with the greatest interest.”
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