• STV
  • MySTV

Scotland happy with SFA backing amid World Cup equal pay row

The Scotland women's team have had their say on the ongoing dispute.

Scotland women's team have been having their say on the ongoing equal pay debate ahead of the World Cup opener on Friday.

The debate over pay discrepancies between sexes is back under the spotlight after it was revealed that the prize money for the tournament is less than a tenth of what is was for the men's event in Russia last year.

Former USA goalkeeper Hope solo has branded it "chauvinism" while Australian players have started a campaign about the issue.

But on Friday two of Scotland's senior players said the squad are happy with the backing they have received from the Scottish FA.

Flying the flag: Arsenal star Jen beattie.
Flying the flag: Arsenal star Jen beattie. SNS Group

Jennifer Beattie, who is part of Shelley Kerr's World Cup squad said: "I think those girls are entitled to their own opinion and they are in their own race and doing their own thing with their organisation, but all I can say is that the Scottish FA has backed us from the moment we qualified for two tournaments.

"They have been great for us, giving us the best possible preparation in the lead up to this World Cup."

Norwegian Ballon d'or winner Ada Hegerberg, who is currently ranked as the best woman footballer in the world, won't be at the World Cup.

The 23-year-old announced two years ago that she would not play for her national team again until she saw "tangible progress" toward equal working conditions and overall support for the women's game.

On Hegerberg, Beattie, who has just re-signed for Arsenal from Man City said: "I think she had made her point because that is what she believes in but I can only speak from a Scottish player's perspective and knowing how supportive the Scottish FA has been for us since qualifying for the Euros and qualifying for the World Cup.

"Things that we have seen as players wouldn't have been there a few years ago so we have seen the changes and I am a big believer in that things can't happen overnight, there has to a process and as much as we need players in the women's game voicing their opinion and making change we are just happy with the fact the SFA are backing us massively going into this tournament."

Glasgow City midfielder Jo Love echoed her team mate's sentiments.

She said: "I can only go on the backing we have had from our organisation and it's all been positive, we got a chartered flight out here and we have our own kits from Adidas.

"Hope Solo and the American team are very powerful in their own right and long may they continue to fight for what is right and what they believe.

"Things have definitely improved, we have got everything sorted and now we are in a much better place with regards to where we were in the past and it's been shown by mutual respect that we give to the SFA and what they give back to us."

Scotland will play England in Nice on Sunday in there World Cup opener before taking on Japan and Argentina.

Download: The STV News app is Scotland's favourite and is available for iPhone from the App store and for Android from Google Play. Download it today and continue to enjoy STV News wherever you are.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This must be at least 6 characters long.
ShowHide
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long.
You must be over 16 to join STV.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
We need this to check that you live in an STV region.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid postcode
Would you like us to email you about our great shows and services from time to time?
We'll only send emails we think you'll like (see example) based on information you have supplied and shows you have watched on STV Player. For details on emails and advertising, see our STV & You page.
Would you like to receive emails from the Scottish Children's Lottery about draws, instant games and competitions?
We support the Scottish Children's Lottery (SCL), which is managed by our colleagues at STV ELM Ltd. You can find out more about the SCL on its website, including its Privacy Policy.

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, and understand our Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.