Ahead of the Campeones Cup on Wednesday night against Liga MX champs America, Atlanta United coach Frank de Boer has raised eyebrows by getting involved in the equal pay dispute.
In an interview with The Guardian, the Dutch tactician said he doesn't believe in equal pay for men and women. This comes as the United States women's national team continues its fight for equal pay and the Dutch football association committed to level the pay for the men's and women's national team players after the Netherlands made it to the World Cup final, losing to the USWNT in July. Here's more from that piece:
"I think for me, it's ridiculous," De Boer says of the policy. "It's the same like tennis. If there are watching, for the World Cup final, 500 million people or something like that, and 100 million for a women's final, that's a difference. So it's not the same. And of course they have to be paid what they deserve to [earn] and not less, just what they really deserve. If it's just as popular as the men, they will get it, because the income and the advertising will go into that. But it's not like that, so why do they have to earn the same? I think it's ridiculous. I don't understand that."