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The expert: Don't show the compensation


Following the notification to the Swedish Football Association, the Discrimination Ombudsman is now investigating whether the compensation for national team players is equal. SVT Sports expert, Markus Johannesson, welcomes the inquiry, but does not want the debate to stop at the compensation of individual players. - I think there are more important issues, he says.

The Swedish Football Association on Friday submitted its opinion to the Discrimination Ombudsman (DO) regarding the notifications of unequal compensation for national team players. After that, votes have been raised to release the stamp on the compensation. However, SVT Sports expert Markus Johannesson does not think that the remuneration should be made public.

- As a player, I wouldn't like it. An agreement is an agreement and as a player I wanted to be respected. I understand the curiosity but I don't see what it would bring to the debate, how big those numbers are. The important thing is that DO concludes that there are equal remuneration as the union describes it, he says.

Bigger question

He also thinks that the issue is much greater than the remuneration of individual players.

- What I think is most important is to raise our eyes. Now the Football Federation has filed this and now DO has to decide on it. Then I think we can leave this with the national team's compensation, I think there are more important issues and that is the role of Fifa and Uefa in this.

According to both the Swedish Football Association (SvFF) and national team captain Caroline Seger, most of the responsibility for equality in football lies at Uefa and Fifa. Johannesson agrees.

- If Fifa and Uefa can show how important this is, and invest in giving money to the clubs above all. Building up women's soccer, giving the conditions to be as damn good as you ever can, then I think market forces will come automatically. It will take some time but there will be a sustainability in it, he says.

Compensation for clubs

According to Johannesson, it is equally important that clubs on the women's side that lend players to championships should receive compensation for it.

- That money has to increase and it has to go to the reinvestment in the education of players. Then we talk about facilities, even better coaches, the opportunity to get away during the day, the infrastructure around the whole training program, that's the important part of building quality. It is somehow that in the long run, the market will want to put in even more money.

Source: svt

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