In March 2021, two blue traces on the being pregnant take a look at confirmed Sara Gunnarsdóttir’s suspicions: the participant of Lyon, one of the main golf equipment in the world of girls’s soccer, is getting ready to change into a mom for the first time. The information was obtained with absolute pleasure in the first moments, however the impact of the being pregnant on his soccer profession – and, above all, the means the club reacted to the information – introduced nice concern.
In an open letter printed in The Players Tribune, the Icelander tells the story of her being pregnant, which led to a lawsuit in opposition to her former club. The defensive midfielder is the first participant in the historical past of the Lyon girls’s crew to change into pregnant, with the club and footballer agreeing to a short lived return to Iceland for childbirth and reintegration into the crew after restoration. Without prior discover, the club stopped paying him his wage.
“Actually, there are loads of logistical issues to work out, I did not give it some thought an excessive amount of. Maybe it was an accounting error. But to make certain, I checked with different gamers. They have been paid, on time. Then I missed one other one [ordenado]. And I stated, ‘Wait a minute’. I’ll name Dietmar [agente] and he wrote to Vincent, the director of the club. No response, my company will contact you once more. Afterwards, we despatched formal letters”, defined the participant.
These contacts have been adopted by a deterioration in relations with the club. For months, Sara has not been paid, attempting a number of instances to get the consideration of Lyon officers to the drawback. Icelandic ensures that causes have by no means been offered for this wage reduce. On the participant’s facet is the French gamers’ union and FIFPRO, an entity that represents gamers round the world. After attempting to dialogue, the defensive midfielder felt compelled to legally advance in opposition to the crew.
“Finally, Dietmar instructed Vincent that FIFPRO will proceed it at FIFA stage. Vincent stated: ‘If Sara goes to FIFA with this, she can have no future in Lyon'”, describes the participant, who’s just a few week from delivery. “This would have been the happiest time of my life. I simply need to take pleasure in my being pregnant and work as onerous as attainable to get again to the crew and assist the club. But as an alternative, I felt confused, pressured and betrayed.
The choice of the FIFPRO course of shall be identified in May 2022 and in favor of the Icelander: Lyon is now obliged to pay the extra wage, which FIFA stated the club didn’t present care attributable to the participant throughout his being pregnant. “No one adopted me, seeing what my state was mentally and bodily, as an worker however as an individual. They had the duty to take care of me, however they did not. After receiving the causes [para a decisão]determined to not file an enchantment.
Feeling that the victory of this course of was greater than the circumstances of her specific case, Sara determined to share her story with the world this Tuesday. in girls’s soccermany gamers postpone motherhood – or just determine to not have youngsters – out of worry of completely jeopardizing their careers or pondering that this choice will hurt their monetary stability.
“I really feel that the victory is larger than me. This appears to be a assure of monetary safety for all gamers who need to have youngsters throughout their careers. That it’s not a ‘possibly’ or a doubt”, concluded Sara.