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“It’s too late to apologize …” Carlos Cordeiro has resigned.

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2019, file photo, U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro presides over a meeting of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors in Chicago. Cordeiro resigned Thursday night, March 12, 2020, three days after the organization filed legal papers in a gender discrimination claiming women players had less physical ability and responsibility than men. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
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After the scandal that flared up in the gender discrimination lawsuit, Carlos Cordeiro resigned. The president of the American Soccer Federation has claimed responsibility for the “offensive” statements used in court documents presented in the case of equal pay.

In one recent document, the federation stated that female players should receive less pay because their work requires less effort than that of a male football player. After some Federation partners, including Visa, Budweiser Coca Cola, and  Don Garber, publicly condemned the wording. Cordeiro admitted that he had not been able to review all the court records and that wording was inadmissible. Carlos Cordeiro apologized, but the relationship between the federation and the women’s national team had already been irreparably damaged. In early March, female players filed a civil lawsuit in Los Angeles against the Federation. Players have accused the organization of gender discrimination paying in prize money, training conditions and health care. They demanded about $ 67 million in compensation. Players of the US men’s national team issued an appeal in support of female sportsmen. The trial is expected to begin on May 5.

US Women’s Team captain Megan Rapinoe described Cordeiro’s statements as “painful” and “unacceptable” after a 3-1 victory over Japan, making the She Believes trophy come to Dallas.

“The national men’s team has never won major international tournaments, while the women’s national team has four times won the world champion and won five Olympic gold medals. American female soccer players also generate additional revenue from ticket sales, and they are higher than men’s sales from 2016 to 2018.”

The post of Cordeiro at the head of the US Soccer Federation was occupied by the legend of women’s national team Cindy Parlow Cone, who was previously vice president. The former women’s national team player will hold the post until February 2021 until a new president is elected. She – became the first woman to lead the American Soccer Federation.

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