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Editorial: World Cup controversy highlights inequities

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18.06.2019

When a team wins 13-0, it's liable to get some attention.

And the U.S. shellacking of Thailand in the FIFA Women's World Cup has drawn attention far and wide. It went so far beyond sport that even those with an eye on the U.S. presidential race jumped into the debate.

"Here's an idea: If you win 13-0 — the most goals for a single game in World Cup history — you should be paid at least equally to the men's team," Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, tweeted after last week's game. Fair point.

The women are paid less than they should be and far less than what their male counterparts make.

That's the case in too many professional sports, of course, but it's particularly annoying here given that the American women have consistently been the best team in the world, and the men didn't even qualify for their last World Cup.

But this 13-0 tally also........

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