by Roger Le Grove Rogers
April 8, 2002
Will Fulham FC. and their visionary owner Mohamed Al Fayed move the English FA and its professional clubs towards equality for women's soccer?
We congratulate the owner and the players of Fulham in their rapid rise to dominance of the women’s game in England.. As long ago as 1997 we wrote about the discrimination against female sports, and soccer in particular, in England.
Recently we heard the Arsenal women's manager say that the time had not yet arrived for a professional league for women, yet some of the English clubs in the premiership are among the richest in the world. A few weeks ago Manchester United announced a profit in the millions of pounds.
Since taking female soccer back under their control a few years ago the English FA has become famous for its feet dragging in bringing equality to the women’s game in England. An often used stalling technique has been to form an evaluation commitee such as the one supposedly considering a professional league.
Thank goodness for concerned and supportive owners such as Mohamed Al Fayed in England, and John S. Hendricks of WUSA who can prod their male controlled Football Associations into moving towards equality for women in soccer.
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