Canadian soccer legend Kristen Sinclair released a joint statement from members of the women’s and men’s national teams on Wednesday as the athletes are calling for more transparency from Soccer Canada and an investigation by Sport Canada into federation practices.
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The requests follow a transcript released Tuesday by TSN journalist Rick Westhead. In particular, it states that Soccer Canada claims that it cannot accept the players’ financial demands in connection with the $10 million reward received from FIFA in connection with the men’s qualification for the 2022 World Cup (CDM) World Cup.
Athletes demand 40% of this bonus, as in Australia for example. Soccer Canada justified its inability to accept the application due to the contract the federation signed in 2019 with a private company, Canada Soccer Business (CSB).
The country’s umbrella football organization issued a statement following the publication of Westhead’s article.
The press release does not deny its content [de l’article]. Instead of acknowledging the governance issues raised by Rick Westhead, Soccer Canada has unsuccessfully attempted to convey a positive message regarding the disclosure of the information,” reads the message shared by Sinclair.
“As a consolidated group, we demand complete transparency from Soccer Canada. We are also requesting an investigation by Sport Canada into Soccer Canada’s practices and the circumstances surrounding the agreement with CSB.”
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