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Sport: Women's Football

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:15 am on 6th December 2007.

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Photo of Lord Rosser Lord Rosser Labour 11:15 am, 6th December 2007

My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that helpful reply. Players in the successful women's team that reached the quarter finals of the World Cup in China this year apparently received just £40 per day for the five weeks' unpaid leave that most of them had to take to represent their country. Does he agree that the priorities in the game are distorted, when the Football Association spends less on women's football each year than the annual salary that a Premier League club pays to a single top male player? Will he tell the FA, the Premier League and the Football League to do more to ensure that the fast-growing women's game is properly financed at all levels, including providing financial support for the England women's team that is at least on a par with that received by other top national women's teams?