Lionesses weigh up ‘industrial action’ as FA refuse World Cup payments
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    England's Lionesses are reportedly considering taking industrial action over the FA's refusal to pay them Women's World Cup bonuses.

    Sarina Wiegman's squad were in dispute with the Football Association before they headed out to Australia and New Zealand for the start of the tournament last month.

    They were told they would not be receiving any performance-related bonuses after FIFA announced they'd be paying players directly for the first time.

    Before now, the world governing body would pay money to each nation, who would then distribute it themselves. The English FA deemed the new system to be a suitable replacement.

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    But the players don't agree, and ahead of their showdown with Spain on Sunday (August 20), The Mail have claimed some may scale back on the commercial work they do for the FA for free until a resolution is reached.

    It's believed talks between them stalled after the team requested £100,000 per player if they won the tournament. That's in comparison to the £500k the England men would have pocketed each if they'd come out on top in Qatar last year.

    The Lionesses were each paid a bonus of £55k by the FA for winning the Euros 12 months ago, and it was felt six figures was a fair demand for claiming football's top international prize.

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    If they do beat Spain, FIFA will be playing them all £212k, while coming up short will be worth £153k each. The FA, meanwhile, will get £3.4m for victory plus a £1m payout from kit supplier Nike, or £2.4m for defeat.

    While those figures are larger than the ones being asked for from the FA, many nations – including the US, Australia and Spain – are getting bonuses on top of FIFA's payments, unlike England's women.

    The FA's CEO Mark Bullingham last week said the row would be sorted out after the tournament had concluded.

    • Women’s World Cup
    • England women’s football team
    • The FA

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