NEW YORK – Carlos Cordeiro is running to resume his post as president of the American Football Federation, two years after resigning amid a backlash to lawyers for the group who filed legal documents claiming the team’s players National Women had fewer physical capacities and responsibilities than their male counterparts.
Cordeiro was immediately criticized by national women’s team star midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who accused him in a tweet of allowing “caveman levels of misogyny”.
Cordeiro, a former Goldman Sachs partner, led the federation from 2018-2020. He resigned in March 2020, three days after the federation’s filing drew widespread criticism from players, MLS Commissioner Don Garber and sponsors including The Coca-Cola Co., Anheuser Busch Cos. Inc., The Procter & Gamble Co. and Volkswagen Group.
The federation said in the record that the players of the women’s team who sued the organization in a salary dispute “are asking the court to find that the required capacity of a WNT player is equal to the required capacity of a player. MNT, as a relative matter, ignoring the materially higher level of speed and force required to perform an MNT player’s job. “
“I had several levels of oversight in place to ensure that the dispute with the women’s national team was conducted in accordance with the values ââof our federation,” Cordeiro said in a statement Wednesday. âLooking back, I realize that an issue of this importance deserved much more personal oversight on my part so that the Federation’s strategy and legal records show our players the respect and dignity they deserve.
âWhen those layers of surveillance failed it resulted in an inexcusable and offensive legal record that caused so much pain, especially for our amazing players. If I had seen this language I would have objected and never would have allowed it to be submitted as written. Considering the gravity of what happened, apologies were clearly not enough. As president of our federation, I felt he was important to take responsibility.
Cordeiro launched a campaign website and said: “I will make this a top priority to reach a deal with our players on the Women’s National Teamâ¦ who deserve equal pay.” He said that as president he would fundraise for “a one-time payment so that US Soccer can help close the gap between past prizes of the FIFA Men’s and Women’s World Cup.”
Rapinoe, one of the players suing the federation, asked in a tweet whether Cordeiro quit under pressure or because “he embarrassed everyone and everyone with levels of caveman misogyny?”
“One of the things that I decide to do better is to listen more carefully to the perspectives and aspirations of our players on the women’s national team and to be a better partner in their work for equality,” said Cordeiro.
Cordeiro was replaced by Cindy Parlow Cone, USSF vice president and former national team player. She was elected to a one-year term last January and is running for a four-year term in a vote at the federation’s annual general meeting March 3-6 in Atlanta.
Under the leadership of Parlow Cone, Will Wilson was hired as managing director and the federation changed law firms in the lawsuit.
The players sued the federation in March 2019, claiming they were not paid fairly under the collective agreement in effect until December 2021, compared to what the men’s team receives under its agreement. which expired in December 2018. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner granted USSF summary judgment on the salary claim and the parties settled the portion of the lawsuit alleging discriminatory working conditions.
The players have appealed the salary decision and oral argument is scheduled to the 9th U.S. Court of Appeals on March 7.
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