The player bonus row that rocked England women’s World Cup preparations ignited after the players requested £100,000 each if they won the tournament, sources have told Mail Sport.
The Lionesses received a bonus of £55,000 each from the FA for winning last summer’s Euros and they felt an upgrade would be appropriate if they lifted the biggest title on the planet.
They will resume talks about bonuses after the final but some are believed to be considering scaling back commercial work they do (currently for free) for the FA if the matter is not resolved satisfactorily.
England’s men’s team would have picked up £500,000 each if they had won 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Where the women were concerned, the FA demonstrably felt that the women asking for just 20 per cent of the men’s figure was too much. So much for equality.
When In The Money asked the FA to confirm the women had requested £100,000 each for winning this World Cup, they said they couldn’t comment out of respect for their players.
England advanced to the final with a win vs Australia but there’s still drama behind the scenes
Sarina Wiegman’s side previously requested £100,000 each if they won the World Cup
They will resume talks about bonuses after the final on Sunday as England face Spain
When asked about the situation on Friday, the FA’s CEO Mark Bullingham said the row would be sorted out ‘after the tournament’.
He added: ‘They had a very strong case before the World Cup and a very strong case after, but the reality is there’s a discussion to be had.’
In a statement last month, England captain Millie Bright and her team-mates said: ‘We are disappointed that a resolution has still not been achieved. We view the successful conclusion of these discussions, through player input and a transparent long-term plan, as key for the growth of women’s football in England.’
The FA decided to scrap bonuses for their women because world governing body FIFA have increased prize money at the current World Cup, not just to participating associations but in payments directly to the players.
If England win today, the FA will pocket $4.29m (£3.4m) from FIFA, and each of the players will earn $270,000 (£212,000). The football association of the team finishing second will get £2.4m and the runners-up players £153,000 apiece.
FIFA put in place a sliding scale of bonuses so even the FAs of the teams knocked out in the group stage pocketed £1.23m while the players departing at that stage received £23,600 each.
The competing associations are receiving more money than ever before at a women’s World Cup, on top of the payments to players. Yet the English FA obviously felt none of their cash should go to their players. Other leading national associations including Spain, the US and hosts Australia, are paying bonuses on top of FIFA’s payments.
The FA’s CEO Mark Bullingham said the row would be sorted out ‘after the tournament’
Chelsea’s latest shirt sponsorship deal in limbo
Chelsea won’t compensate fans who buy the club’s new plain shirts in the event the club secures a lucrative front-of-shirt deal.
Todd Boehly’s club have so far failed to confirm a deal to replace the £40million a year agreement with Three that ended last season.
They are the first ‘Big Six’ club to start a Premier League season without a sponsor.
A potential £40m-a-year deal with Infinite Athlete appears in limbo with the Premier League doing their due-diligence on the proposal under their ‘fair market value’ rules.
There remain doubts whether the Infinite Athlete deal will be approved by the Premier League
There remain doubts whether the Infinite deal will be given the green light. The brand was only created a week before the potential Chelsea deal was announced and its turnover is estimated at just over £12m a year. It is also suspected Infinite has financial ties to Chelsea’s ownership group, albeit convoluted ties.
Infinite Athlete was rebranded as such after the recent merger of two other firms, Tempus Ex Machina and Biocore. One of Infinite’s major funders is investment firm Silver Lake, who also invest in a company called Fanatics, into which Chelsea’s co-owner Clearlake have invested hundreds of millions of dollars.
Liverpool’s Anfield Road stand could be delayed until 2024
Liverpool face the prospect of not fully completing their new £80million Anfield Road stand until 2024.
Sources close to the construction have told Mail Sport that following ongoing problems with constructors Buckingham Group, the club face a situation where the completion date is pushed back from October to the new year.
Buckingham filed notice of intention to appoint administrators last week and workers were taken off the site, prompting fears of further delays.
A full opening has already moved from the summer to October.
It is understood the nightmare scenario for the club is that the delays runs to the festive period.
Insiders believe the club will move to ensure the stadium can operate at a full capacity, even if construction of additional areas such as retail outlets and the fan zone are not completed.
Even private best-case scenarios don’t see a full 61,000-capacity match taking place before early November.
Liverpool face the prospect of not fully completing their new £80million Anfield Road stand until 2024
The club also faces a £5m financial shortfall from lost matchday revenues – although club officials have worked to ensure all season ticket holders in the unfinished stand will be able to attend matches in other areas of the ground.
The Anfield capacity has been restricted to 51,000 until the upper tier of the stand is completed.
The capacity is 3,000 less than last season.
Buckingham will be forced to cover some of the costs connected to the delay under the terms of the building contract, while the club have only paid up for the completed works, meaning millions from the budget could be diverted to an alternative construction company if necessary.
Chelsea star Sterling drops controversial agent
Raheem Sterling has dropped his controversial agent Aidy Ward as a director of one of his firms — and replaced him with Ward’s wife Limara.
Sterling has assets of £1,135,000 in RS Corp Holdings, a company he set up three years ago.
However the Chelsea attacker has dropped his long-standing agent from the business, just months after Ward and his company Colossal Sports Management were handed a 20-month ban from football by the Football Association for approaching an under-age player.
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