FFA wins Gold Ernie for Matildas pay gap

The Matildas are worth 1/12 of the Socceroos — according to the Football Federation.

The 23rd Ernie awards for sexist behaviour were held late last month. The peak body for soccer, Football Federation Australia, took out the Gold Ernie for the gross pay gap between male and female soccer players.

When the Socceroos won the Asian Cup each player was paid $103,148. In contrast, if the Matildas had won the World Cup, they would have been paid $5600 each.

The Socceroos receive a $6000 base payment for every international game, while the Matildas get just $500.

In other awards, the Ernie for politics went to Tony Abbott who, when asked to nominate his greatest achievement as Minister for Women replied "repealing the carbon tax".

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