FIFA president tells women to ‘pick the right battles’ in pursuit of equal pay

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has declared that women must ‘convince’ men how their football system should be developed in their pursuit of equal pay. 

Infantino made the speech at a World Cup congress. He told women that campaigning for equal pay would not solve anything, and attacked the media in a number of countries for failing to support the women’s game by not sending journalists to this tournament. 

He said:

‘I say to all the women, that you have the power to change. Pick the right battles. Pick the right fights. You have the power to change. You have the power to convince us men what we have to do and what we don’t have to do. ‘You do it. Just do it. With men, with FIFA, you will find open doors. Just push the doors. They are open. And do it also at national level, in every country, at continental level, in every confederation. Just keep pushing, keep the momentum, keep dreaming, and let’s really go for a full equality.’ 

He attacked Italian media,  declaring that they had 39 journalists in Qatar for the men’s World Cup, which Italy didn’t qualify for, yet none for Women’s world cup, despite Italy’s women being competitors. 

‘It cannot be that there were over 30 Danish or Swiss journalists in Qatar and less than 10, even less than five, here in Australia and New Zealand,’

Infantino said.

‘We have to start treating men and women, or women and men, in the same way. On equal pay, That would not solve anything. It might be a symbol but it would not solve anything, because it’s one month every four years and it’s a few players out of the thousands and thousands of players. We need to keep the momentum. We need to push it. We need to go for equality but we have to do it for real. And you, here in this room, all the women in this room, you have the power to do it. So believe in it.’ 

Infantino congratulated himself on expanding the Women’s World Cup to 32 nations. 

He said:

‘I remember when we decided to do that of course the usual critics, which are less and less, were saying it’s not going to work and the level is too different. There would be 15-0 scores, it will be bad for women’s football and its image. ‘I’m sorry but FIFA was right. FIFA was right. As it happens quite often in the last years, FIFA was right once more. We had eight debutants. We had many countries around the world who thought suddenly they had a chance to participate.’  

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