Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
Second tier English Women Campionship side, Sheffield United has sadly announced the passing of Maddy Cusack at the age of 27.
Cusack, a former youth international with England, had achieved the milestone of 100 appearances for Sheffield United, and she had recently renewed her contract for another season.
A women’s team player with Sheffield United since 2019 and marketing executive for the Football Club, passed away on Wednesday.
She was a valued colleague in the offices at Bramall Lane, moving over from the Sheffield United Community Foundation to the Club in 2021 to help market all areas of the Blades.
Stephen Bettis, United’s chief executive officer, commented: “This is heartbreaking news for everyone at Bramall Lane. Maddy had a unique position of being part of a number of teams at Sheffield United and was popular with everyone that she came into contact with. Her personality and professionalism made her a credit to her family – she will be sadly missed. Whilst taking in the news and moving forward, the Club will offer as much support as possible to Maddy’s family, friends and colleagues.”
The England women’s team have reached an agreement with the Football Association (FA) over pay and bonuses, stand-in skipper Millie Bright (30) said on Thursday.
The squad had initially paused discussions ahead of the Women’s World Cup, where England finished runners-up after losing the final to Spain.
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“We’ve come to an agreement,” Bright, who is standing in for the injured Leah Williamson, told reporters ahead of Friday’s Nations League game against Scotland.
“We’ve had a really good conversation with the FA and expressed that we want to be world leaders both on and off the pitch.
“That conversation was needed and the conversations will be ongoing between the leadership team and the FA. We’re really positive that, moving forward, things will be different. Overall it was very good.”
The players were locked in a dispute with the FA after the announcement that the world governing body FIFA would directly pay individual fees to players at the World Cup starting at $30,000 and rising to $270,000 for each member of the winning team.
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