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U.S. Soccer claims hostile crowds give men different jobs than women

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Posted at 6:18 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 18:18:43-04

NEW YORK — The U.S. Soccer Federation says facing hostile crowds in Mexico and Central America makes playing for the U.S. men's team a different job than competing for the American women.

A spokeswoman for the women responded by saying the claims are from “the Paleolithic Era” as if “made by a caveman.”

The USSF made the claims in documents filed in federal court in Los Angeles, where a lawsuit by American women accusing the federation of gender discrimination is scheduled for trial starting May 5.

The U.S. women are seeking more than $66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.