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Argentina: Three Players Quit Women’s Team Over Pay Dispute

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

Three players from the Argentine senior women’s national team quit the camp ahead of two international friendly matches after a dispute over a lack of pay and conditions on Monday, surprising news from the country of the 2022 FIFA World Cup winning men’s team according to ESPN.

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The players that decided to quit the women’s national team amidst this dispute are Goalkeeper Laurina Oliveiros, defender Julieta Cruz and midfielder Lorena Benítez. The three players are regulars in the team and announced their move ahead of the team’s friendly against Costa Rica on Friday and on June 3.

“We reached a point in which we are tired of the injustices, of not being valued, not being heard and, even worse, being humiliated,” Cruz posted on Instagram. “We need improvements for Argentina’s women’s soccer national team, and I am not only talking about finances. I speak about training, having lunch, breakfast.”

Cruz and Benitez complained that they were served ham and cheese sandwich and a banana which they believed were inadequate for the high performance of players in the national team.

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They said Argentina's soccer association told them they wouldn't be paid for the two friendlies because the games will take place at home in Buenos Aires.

Benitez added that on top of players not being paid, their family members were being charged 5,000 pesos ($5) for tickets to enter the stadium.

"And there are millions of things we have gone through," the midfielder added.

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Goalkeeper Oliveros published on Instagram several pictures of her wearing Argentina's shirt.

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"With a broken heart and thousands of dreams disappearing little by little. May the next generations enjoy and be happy running after the football, as we were some time ago," she said.

Argentina's soccer association did not comment on the players' decision.

Estefanía Banini, who is considered the country's best female player ever, lent support to her three former teammates. Last year, she also decided to stop playing for the national team.

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