0 Women's World Cup legal action over artificial pitches ended

Leading women footballers have abandoned their legal action over the use of artificial pitches at this year's Women's World Cup in Canada.

A case claiming sexism against the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) and world governing body Fifa was withdrawn at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.

Eighty-four players from 13 countries were involved in the lawsuit.

Players' attorney Hampton Dellinger said the case had "highlighted continuing gender inequity in sports".

He claimed that the action, although abandoned, had "lessened the chance that such wrongdoing will occur in the future".

Players argued that the women's tournament should be played on similar surfaces to the men, and that synthetic pitches would increase the danger of injuries.

But Fifa said it would not make a switch and that Canada was the best choice to host the tournament, which will be held from 6 June to 5 July.

United States striker Abby Wambach, 34, one of the players involved, believes that the challenge will have a positive impact on women's sport.

She said: "I am hopeful that the players' willingness to contest the unequal playing fields - and the tremendous public support we received during the effort - marks the start of even greater activism to ensure fair treatment when it comes to women's sports."

Read the full article from the BBC HERE

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