Women's World Cup 2015: Players sue over synthetic pitches

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A group of leading players have filed a lawsuit claiming sexual discrimination over the decision to use synthetic pitches at the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada. Legal proceedings have begun against the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) and football's world governing body Fifa at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.

Attorney Hampton Dellinger told BBC Sport he represented nearly 50 players involved in the action from 12 countries. These include two Fifa Women's Player of the Year winners, German Nadine Angerer and American Abby Wambach. "Men's World Cup tournament matches are played on natural grass while CSA and Fifa are relegating female players to artificial turf," said Dellinger.

"The difference matters - plastic pitches alter how the game is played, pose unique safety risks and are considered inferior for international competition."

No-one from Fifa was available for comment but CSA said in a statement: "Our lawyers will be reviewing any and all applications or information related to this.We will refrain from any comment until there has been a thorough review."

A Fifa executive has previously insisted Canada was the best choice to host the tournament.

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