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Biden threatens US Soccer Federation and backs USWNT

Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden used Twitter to support the U.S. women’s national soccer team on Sunday and told them to keep fighting.

Biden threatens US Soccer Federation and backs USWNT

On Friday a federal judge in California dismissed the United States women’s national soccer team’s unequal pay claim compared with the men’s team, a decision that was not to the liking of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The former Vice President used his Twitter account to show his support to the USWNT team and told them to keep fighting because the case has not run its full course yet. In the same tweet Biden threatened the US Soccer Federation by saying “equal pay now, or else when I’m president, you can go elsewhere for World Cup funding.”

This isn’t the first time Biden has backed the USWNT. In 2019, he tweeted his best wishes to the team ahead of their match against Chile in the World Cup.

“As we cheer them on in the World Cup, we must support their fight off the field for equal pay,” he wrote on Twitter. “In 2019, it’s past time we close the pay gap and ensure women get paid as much as men. #OneNationOneTeam”

When did the lawsuit start?

The USWNT originally filed a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation in March 2019, with 28 members of the team listed as plaintiffs. Friday’s ruling was issued in response to a motion for summary judgment to dismiss the lawsuit by the federation in US District Court for the Central District of California, according to a court filing.

The suit alleged the US Soccer Federation’s payment practices were unfair and discriminatory. Molly Levinson, a spokeswoman for the players, said they will appeal the decision. A trial is scheduled for June 16.

“We are shocked and disappointed with today’s decision, but we will not give up our hard work for equal pay,” Levinson wrote on Twitter on Friday. “We are confident in our case and steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that girls and women will not be valued as lesser just because of their gender.”