Female footballers deserve equal pay, says German Chancellor after Euros | Women’s football

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has pushed for equal pay for female international footballers after the team reached the final of the recent European Championships.

“My position on this is clear,” Scholz said after meeting with the German Football Federation (DFB) on Tuesday to discuss the matter. “We discussed how we can continue to help more girls and women get interested in football. Of course, salaries at such tournaments play a major role in that, he said .

“That’s why it makes sense to discuss equal pay. I made the suggestion and I am very grateful that there is a willingness to discuss this issue.

The Erfolg der @DFB_Frauen bei der EM hat bei vielen Mädchen den Gedanken ausgelöst: “So ich auch werden.” Das ist toll, so etwas hält unsere Gesellschaft zusammen. Beim @DFB-Besuch haben wir auch besprochen, wie man das unterstützen kann, etwa mit #Equal pay bei Prämien. pic.twitter.com/TGVhzU0I8y

– Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz (@Bundeskanzler) August 9, 2022

Germany scored their biggest major tournament success since 2015 at this year’s European Championships, losing to England in the final at Wembley.

Scholz attended the final and also supported the women’s team, tweeting, “It’s 2022, and women and men should be paid the same. This also applies to sports, especially for national teams.

Germany lost to England in the 2022 final at Wembley but achieved their biggest major tournament success since 2015. Photo: Rob Newell/CameraSport/Getty Images

The German women would have received €60,000 (£50,750) each if they had won the tournament, while the men would have received €400,000 (£338,338) each if they had won the Euros last year.

Bernd Neuendorf, the chairman of the DFB, said he understood the argument “that equal work and success should also have the same value” and noted: “I am ready to discuss in our committees if our payment system is up to date or should be adjusted.

Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg has suggested wages for international footballers could be equalized by paying women more and men less. Officials must now “follow up the action” after the meeting, she said in an interview with ZDF television.

Scholz said he was “very, very proud” of the women’s performance at the Euros, although “it didn’t quite work out”. “I hope it will have a lasting effect, not only on the players themselves… but also on football in Germany,” he said.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz speaks at the DFB headquarters in Frankfurt on Tuesday.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz speaks at the DFB headquarters in Frankfurt on Tuesday. Photo: Timm Reichert/Reuters

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