Artificial turf case dropped by female footballers

Legal action against Fifa and Canadian authorities was taken over type of surface at this year's Women's World Cup.

    The 2015 Women's World Cup will take place in Canada from June 6 [Getty Images]
    The 2015 Women's World Cup will take place in Canada from June 6 [Getty Images]

    Players who had begun legal action over the use of artificial surfaces at this year's Women's World Cup have dropped their case, their lawyers said.

    A group of elite women's players had sued FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA), arguing that artificial turf surfaces for the tournament, which takes place in Canada in from June 6 to July 5, were unsafe and that it was discriminatory for women to play on surfaces.

    The men's World Cup is played on natural grass pitches.

    FIFA and the CSA had argued that the surfaces had passed their sanctioning standards and that the bidding process for hosting the tournament had made clear that artificial surfaces would be used. They denied the charge of discrimination.

    An attorney for the players said that the complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario had been withdrawn.

    Attorney Hampton Dellinger says while the action did not result in grass fields for the World Cup, it succeeded in shining a light on gender inequality in sports. 

    United States national team striker Abby Wambach, one of those who had led the legal fight, had said she hoped the case would bring about change in the future.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.