Earlier this week, Australia’s national women’s soccer team the Matildas played a training match against the Newcastle Jets under-15’s boys’ squad.
The Matildas lost 7-0.
And, not surprisingly, the media all of a sudden decided it was time to care about women’s sport.
The Huffington Post reported on the loss, commenting that with the Rio Olympics coming up, the Matildas “should be grateful there will be no under-16’s boys’ teams in their pool.”
Well…they don’t really need to be ‘grateful’. Given that the sport they’re playing is actually women’s soccer, it’s highly unlikely they will be coming up against 15-year-old boys.
Other news outlets called the game a “shocking defeat”, and former Socceroo Mark Bosnich told Triple M, “The Matildas, the next time they say they want to get paid like the Socceroos, I’d be bringing this up.”
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Of course, he prefaced his statement by reminding us he is all for equality. "I'm all for equality across the board," he said. "As long as it's down to a meritocracy, i.e., if you produce like the next man or the next woman produces, you get paid the same."