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Reideborn defends salary gap: "A product no one wants to see"

2020-01-22T17:43:25.481Z

A survey from the Union and the Swedish ice hockey central organization, Sico, shows that the average salary for a male hockey player in the SHL and all Swedish is SEK 121,000 a month, compared to the women players SEK 5,500 per month.



Income disparities are troubling in many places, but SDE goalkeeper Sofia Reideborn thinks the women's hockey players are getting the salary they deserve.

- I earn absolutely zero dollars on it, and nobody wants to look at it. It's just a hobby for me. That I make money, it is not reasonable. And it is no human right to make money from their sport, says Reideborn to SVT Sport, and continues:

- It feels like you are doing this just because you are a woman, and it has become so in society today, you have to demand a lot of things just because you are a woman.

"The hockey must be better"

Reideborn believes that a lot is needed to lift interest in the Swedish league:

- The hockey must be better. It has to compete something out, that's what it's all about. And right now it doesn't. We have to find a way to attract more crowds than some other sports. And I don't really know how to do it. Of course, hockey needs to get better, but then you might also have to do something around that makes people want to go.

In the report that Novus produced, questions were asked to SHL and SDHL as well as the Swedish leagues for men and women. A total of 92 women and 62 men responded to the survey.

Source: svt

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